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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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    Omega-3 and cardiovascular disease

     Based on studies in tens of thousands of patients, researchers from New Orleans and Baltimore suggest daily targets for treatment with omega-3.

    First, the details.

    • The most compelling evidence for cardiovascular benefits of omega-3 fatty acids comes from 4 studies of nearly 40,000 participants.
    • Studies covered prevention of a 1st heart attack, use after a heart attack, and most recently, in patients with heart failure.

    And, the results.

    • The strongest evidence for omega-3 is in patients with established cardiovascular disease and following a heart attack, with up to a 30% reduction in death due to these conditions.
    • Fish oil also decreases the risk of atherosclerosis, arrhythmias, heart attack, sudden cardiac death and health failure.
    • The risk of death due to heart failures is reduced 9%.

    The bottom line?

    The authors recommend that healthy people should take 500 mg daily of omega-3 fish oil.

    People with known heart disease or heart failure should take at least 800 to 1,000 mg daily.

    Speak with your doctor.

    8/1/09 21:02 JR

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