Should patients with cardiovascular disease take fish oil?

Nair, Girish M.; Connolly, Stuart J.
January 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;1/15/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 2, p181
Academic Journal
The article reflects on the three different studies which focus on the effect of omega-3 fatty acids on patients with cardiovascular disease. According to the authors, the randomized controlled trials failed to demonstrate a beneficial effect of the fatty acids in preventing ventricular arrhythmia. Furthermore, there was a weak evidence from other meta-analysis that omega-3 fatty acids prevent cardiovascular mortality. It also concludes that there was insufficient evidence to recommend the routine use of omega-3 fatty acids.


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