Special Report: Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Studies Don't Support Heart Benefit

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SPECIAL REPORT: CARDIOLOGY
News and Information for Healthcare Professionals Thursday, March 20, 2014
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Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Studies Don't Support Heart Benefit
Dietary guidelines that encourage high intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids and low consumption of saturated fats are not clearly supported by research, according to a recent meta-analysis.

When data from 27 randomized controlled trials of fatty acid supplementation was analyzed, the relative risks for coronary disease were 0.97 (95% CI 0.69 to 1.36) with beta-linolenic acid, 0.94 (95% CI 0.86 to 1.03) for long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated acid, and 0.89 (95% CI 0.71 to 1.12) for omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid, Rajiv Chowdhury, MD, PhD, of the University of Cambridge, and his co-authors wrote March 17 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. FULL STORY»


Rules for PCI Without On-Site Surgery
Three leading cardiology groups released an updated consensus document with recommendations on the use of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) at centers without on-site surgical backup.

There are no drastic changes from the recommendations contained in various documents released in the past 7 years, but the statement -- crafted by representatives from the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), the American College of Cardiology (ACC), and the American Heart Association (AHA) -- brings everything together in one place and eliminates redundancy to increase the accessibility of the guidance. FULL STORY»
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