Unsaturated Fatty Acids and Cardiac Arrhythmias

  • The British Nutrition Foundation


Diseased heart muscle is susceptible to bouts of irregular electrical activity (arrhythmias) which are potentially lethal and often cause sudden cardiac death. In an American population-based study, the cumulative 6-year incidence of sudden death was about 1% in adults over 30 years of age (Chiang et al., 1970), while in a follow-up of 1739 male survivors of acute myocardial infarction, the 2-year mortality from sudden death was 7.3% (Ruberman et al., 1977). The presence of premature ventricular beats in the resting electrocardiogram (ECG) was a strong predictor of sudden cardiac death.


Saturated Fatty Acid Sudden Cardiac Death Saturated Fatty Acid Content Ischaemic Damage Ventricular Arrhyth 
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