Daily omega-3 dose lowers CV risk

A daily dose of omega-3 fatty acids could help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular (CV) events in patients who already have chronic heart failure, Italian research suggests.

Previous research has shown that omega-3 can help to keep the heart healthy. NICE guidelines recommend that patients eat 7g of omega-3 fatty acids, through two to four portions of fish, per week.

This latest study involved 6,975 patients who were randomly assigned to receive either a daily dose of 1g of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids or placebo.

Patients were followed up over four years, during which the primary end point was death or admission to hospital for cardiovascular events.

Overall, the patients taking omega-3 had a 14 per cent reduction in the risk of death compared with patients on placebo.

This means that if 56 patients were treated with omega-3 every day for four years, then one death from CVD would be avoided, delegates at the European Society of Cardiology conference in Munich were told earlier this week.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

European Society of Cardiology Conference Munich 2008

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