Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), namely DHA and EPA found in fatty fish, are associated with lower risk of heart failure mortality in adults with chronic heart failure or who have experienced a heart attack. These fatty acids may also benefit young adults at risk of cardiovascular disease due to impaired fetal growth and low birth weight. These findings and more are summarized in the April 2013 PUFA Newsletter.
A study of 1,203 U.S. adults with chronic heart failure reported that higher levels of EPA were associated with a lower risk of mortality. Those who ate fish three or more times per week or who took omega-3 supplements (about 1 gram per day) had significantly higher levels of EPA and a lower risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared with those having the lowest EPA levels.
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