The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Omega-3 and cardiovascular disease

     Based on studies in tens of thousands of patients, researchers from New Orleans and Baltimore suggest daily targets for treatment with omega-3.

    First, the details.

    • The most compelling evidence for cardiovascular benefits of omega-3 fatty acids comes from 4 studies of nearly 40,000 participants.
    • Studies covered prevention of a 1st heart attack, use after a heart attack, and most recently, in patients with heart failure.

    And, the results.

    • The strongest evidence for omega-3 is in patients with established cardiovascular disease and following a heart attack, with up to a 30% reduction in death due to these conditions.
    • Fish oil also decreases the risk of atherosclerosis, arrhythmias, heart attack, sudden cardiac death and health failure.
    • The risk of death due to heart failures is reduced 9%.

    The bottom line?

    The authors recommend that healthy people should take 500 mg daily of omega-3 fish oil.

    People with known heart disease or heart failure should take at least 800 to 1,000 mg daily.

    Speak with your doctor.

    8/1/09 21:02 JR

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