New AHRQ Publications Summarize Evidence on Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease
New AHRQ publications can help clinicians and patients learn about the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on heart disease. Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease: Current State of the Evidence suggests that in healthy people, dietary intake of fish oil may help lower the risk of CVD death and stroke. In people already diagnosed or at increased risk for heart disease, evidence showed fish oil supplements do not lower the risk of longer term heart problems, such as heart attack and heart failure, and death. The companion publication for patients Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease – A Review of the Research for Adults may help consumers talk about the benefits and risks of omega-3 fatty acids.