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Nutr J. 2019 May 6;18(1):29. doi: 10.1186/s12937-019-0455-1.

Omega-3 intake is associated with attenuated inflammatory response and cardiac remodeling after myocardial infarction.

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Cardiology Department, State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Campinas, SP, Brazil.
Medical School, University of Brasilia (UnB), Brasília, DF, Brazil.
Department of Medicine, Weill-Cornell Medical College, New York, United States.
Hospital de Base do Distrito Federal, Brasília, Brazil.
Cardiology Department, State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Campinas, SP, Brazil.



Myocardial infarction (MI) elicits an intense acute inflammatory response that is essential for cardiac repair. However, an excessive inflammatory response also favors myocardial apoptosis, cardiac remodeling, and cardiovascular mortality. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (ω-3) bear anti-inflammatory effects, which may mitigate the inflammatory response during MI. This study investigated whether ω-3 intake is associated with attenuation of the MI-related inflammatory response and cardiac remodeling.


ST-elevation MI (STEMI) patients (n = 421) underwent clinical, biochemical, nutritional, 3D echocardiogram, Cardiac Magnetic Resonance imaging (CMRi) at 30 days and 3D echocardiogram imaging at six months after the MI. Blood tests were performed at day one (D1) and day five (D5) of hospitalization. Changes in inflammatory markers (ΔD5-D1) were calculated. A validated food frequency questionnaire estimated the nutritional consumption and ω-3 intake in the last 3 months before admission.


The intake of ω-3 below the median (< 1.7 g/day) was associated with a short-term increase in hs-C-reactive protein [OR:1.96(1.24-3.10); p = 0.004], Interleukin-2 [OR:2.46(1.20-5.04); p = 0.014], brain-type natriuretic peptide [OR:2.66(1.30-5.44); p = 0.007], left-ventricle end-diastolic volume [OR:5.12(1.11-23.52)]; p = 0.036] and decreases in left-ventricle ejection fraction [OR:2.86(1.47-6.88); p = 0.017] after adjustment for covariates. No differences were observed in the extension of infarcted mass obtained by CMRi.


These findings suggest that a reduced daily intake of ω-3 may intensify outcome-determining mechanisms after STEMI, such as acute inflammatory response and late left ventricular remodeling.


Clinical Trial Registry number and website: NCT02062554 .


Cardiac remodeling; Inflammatory response; Omega-3; STEMI

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