nutrition, polyunsaturated fat, prevention



  1. Engler, Marguerite M. PhD, FAHA
  2. Engler, Mary B. PhD, FAHA


Dietary omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic and docosahxaenoic acids, play an important role in cardiovascular health and disease. Clinical trials provide substantial evidence to support current dietary recommendations for omega-3 fatty acids in cardiovascular disease management. The cardioprotective benefits of omega-3 fatty acids may be attributed to multiple physiological effects on lipids, blood pressure, vascular function, cardiac rhythms, platelet function, and inflammatory responses. The metabolism of omega-3 fatty acids, physiological effects, and clinical considerations with current dietary recommendations and sources of omega-3 fatty acids are presented.