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n-3 Polyunsaturated fatty acids and the cardiovascular system

Angerer, Peter; von Schacky, Clemens

Current Opinion in Lipidology: February 2000 - Volume 11 - Issue 1 - p 57-63
Review Article

n-3 Polyunsaturated fatty acids, mainly those contained in fish oils, are candidates for inclusion in secondary prevention programmes for coronary heart disease, based on the results of recent randomized trials in humans. Marine n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids retard coronary atherosclerosis and appear to prevent fatal arrhythmias; and they decrease mortality subsequent to myocardial infarction.

Medizinische Klinik Innenstadt, Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany

Correspondence to Dr Peter Angerer, Medizinische Klinik Innenstadt, Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Ziemssenstrasse 1, D-80336 München, Germany. Tel: +49 89 5160 7632; fax: +49 89 5160 3374; e-mail: pangerer@medinn.med.uni-muenchen.de

© 2000 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.