Omega-3s and CVD, Missed RF Diagnoses in Primary Care

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August 02, 2021

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In the VITAL study, marine omega-3s did not prevent stroke, but they did reduce the risk of a heart attack compared to an olive oil placebo. A data review was the top story in cardiology last week.

Another top story was new data showing that gender, race, and occupational status can all affect the way a person is diagnosed with heart failure. White men who are not retired were more likely to be diagnosed in primary care than women, black patients, or a patient categorized as a “housewife” or “retiree” who were more likely to be diagnosed in acute care.

Source: Sandhu A, et al. Circ heart failure. 2021; doi: 10.1161 / CIRCHEARTFAILURE.121.008538.

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