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Medical News & Perspectives
September 11, 2019

Cardiovascular Corner: Prescription Omega-3s, Stroke Rehab, and Statins After Age 75

JAMA. 2019;322(13):1241-1243. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.14485

This Medical News series offers an occasional roundup of developments in cardiovascular medicine.

Omega-3 fatty acids, cardiac rehabilitation for stroke, and statin use in elderly individuals made the news in recent months.

Prescription omega-3 (ω-3) fatty acids at a dose of 4 g per day are safe and effective for reducing elevated triglyceride levels in most people, not just those with very high levels, according to a recent American Heart Association (AHA) science advisory. Before the drugs are prescribed, however, physicians should treat underlying causes, such as poorly controlled type 2 diabetes and hypothyroidism, and counsel patients on diet and lifestyle modifications.