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Unsaturated Fatty Acids and Cardiac Arrhythmias

  • The British Nutrition Foundation

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Saturated Fatty Acid Sudden Cardiac Death Saturated Fatty Acid Content Ischaemic Damage Ventricular Arrhyth 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1992

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  • The British Nutrition Foundation

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