New AHRQ publications can help clinicians and patients learn about the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on cardiovascular disease. Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease: Current State of the Evidence, a research summary for clinicians, 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, heart failure and death. The companion publication for patients, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease – A Review of the Research for Adults, can help patients talk with their health care team about the benefits and risks of omega-3 fatty acids.
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