The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

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    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Caution taking fish oil supplements in people with implantable defibrillators

    A group of Canadian researchers reviewed the medical literature on this topic.

    Not all patents benefit from omega-3 fatty acids.

    They searched for studies of patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator a year after placement.

    And the results.

    • 3 studies of 573 patients who received fish oil and 575 who acted as a control group were found.
    • Reanalysis of the results (meta-analysis) showed no overall effect of fish oil on the relative risk of implantable cardioverter defibrillator discharge.
    • One study showed a significant benefit of fish oil.
    • However, the smallest study reported negative results among patients with ventricular tachycardia (a rapid life-threatening heart rhythm by the lower chambers of the heart).

    The bottom line?
    The findings reveal that not all patients respond the same to omega-3 fatty acid treatment.

    Caution in patients with implantable cardioverter defibrillators who have a history of ventricular tachycardia and who are not taking antiarrhythmic medications.

    2/16/08 16:00 JR

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