Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation, Hypertension Guide

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Study results suggest that omega-3 fatty acid supplementation may increase the risk of atrial fibrillation in certain high-risk patients. That discovery was the top story in cardiology last week.

Another top story was an update to the American Heart Association’s hypertension guide. The organization recommends lifestyle therapy as the primary treatment for patients with stage 1 hypertension, followed by medication if the patient does not see results after 6 months.

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Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation can increase the likelihood of AF in certain high-risk patients

Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation was associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation in patients with elevated triglyceride levels at high risk of CV, researchers reported. Continue reading.

In stage 1 hypertension, medication is possible if the BP goal is not met after a lifestyle change

In a 2017 update to the Hypertension Guideline, the American Heart Association recommended lifestyle changes for patients with mildly elevated blood pressure and added medication if necessary after 6 months. Continue reading.

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Patients with atypical MI symptoms were less likely to receive emergency help and were at greater risk of death within 30 days than patients with chest pain, researchers reported. Continue reading.

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