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Revista Colombiana de Cardiología

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MANZUR, Fernando; SUAREZ, Amileth  and  MONERIZ, Carlos. Omega-3 fatty acids. Rev. Col. Cardiol. [online]. 2006, vol.13, n.3, pp.180-184. ISSN 0120-5633.

Thanks to the discovery of omega-3 fatty acids’ mechanism of action, these have regained importance due to its cardio-protective effect. The ingestion of omega-3 fatty acids diminishes the risk of thrombosis and cerebro-vascular accidents by lowering serum lipids and improving endothelial function. Nevertheless, some epidemiological studies have not found a direct relationship with them and there is controversy with regard to the doses needed in order to achieve this cardio-protective effect. There are studies reporting that the methyl-mercury content in fish affects omega-3 fatty acids’ disposal. In the Colombian Caribbean region, fish contamination with methyl-mercury has been found.

Keywords : omega-3 fatty acids; ventricular arrhythmia; fish oil; sudden death; methyl-mercury.

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