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No benefit from omega-3 fatty acids after recent MI

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Dr Are Kalstad, Oslo University Hospital, Norway
AHA 2020
In elderly patients with a recent myocardial infarction (MI), 1.8 g of marine n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) did not lower the incidence of cardiovascular (CV) events or all-cause death after 2 years of follow-up in the placebo-controlled OMEMI trial [1]. The investigators could not rule out an increased risk of atrial fibrillation (AF). Dr Are Kalstad (Oslo University Hospital, Norway) pointed out that elderly patients have a particularly increased CV risk after MI, even with secondary prevention; yet, this group is underrepresented in clinical trials. The hypothesis of the OMEMI trial (NCT01841944) was that supplementation with marine n-3 PUFA lowers the risk of CV events and total mortality in elderly patients with a recent MI during 2 years of follow-up. Participants were 70–82 years old and had an MI 2–8 weeks prior to inclusion. They were randomised t...

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