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Ugeskr Laeger. 1997 Sep 8;159(37):5525-9.

[n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, heart rate variability and ventricular arrhythmias in post-AMI-patients. A clinical controlled trial].

[Article in Danish]

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Aalborg Sygehus, medicinsk endokrinologisk afdeling.


There is evidence for an antiarrhythmic effect of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA) in animals. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of dietary n-3 PUFA on ventricular arrhythmias and heart rate variability (HRV) in patients with a previous myocardial infarction. Fifty-five patients were randomized to receive either 5.2 g of n-3 PUFA daily for 12 weeks or placebo in a double blind, placebo-controlled study. Prior to randomization a 24-hour Holter recording was obtained, and this was repeated at the end of the study. The major end-points were the number of ventricular extrasystoles (VE)/24 hours and the 24-hour HRV. A non-significant decrease in VE/24 hours was found in both the n-3 PUFA group and among controls after dietary supplementation, whereas HRV significantly increased after n-3 PUFA compared to both baseline values (p = 0.04) and to controls (p = 0.01). The present study therefore supports the hypothesis that n-3 PUFA may have an anti-arrhythmic effect in humans.

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