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Public Health Nutr. 2000 Mar;3(1):91-8.

N-3 fatty acids from fish and coronary artery disease: implications for public health.

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Department of Medicine, Hjørring/Brønderslev Hospital, Hjørring, Denmark. ebs@dadlnet.dk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To review and discuss the effect of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) from fish in the prevention and, primarily, in the treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD).

DESIGN:

Overview of the literature.

SETTING:

Denmark.

RESULTS:

There is good evidence that fish consumption may reduce the risk of CAD.

CONCLUSIONS:

Fish can be recommended to reduce the risk of CAD both in healthy subjects and in patients with a high risk of CAD or with documented CAD. The use of fish oil concentrates can not be recommended in general, but may be considered in patients after a myocardial infarction or in patients with hypertriglyceridaemia. An increased intake of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids from fish may have substantial implications for public health and health economy by decreasing the risk of coronary events and sudden cardiac death.

PMID:
10786728
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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