It is known that omega-3 fatty acids play a role in the cardiovascular, pulmonary, immune and endocrine systems. The three most commonly studied types are alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Omega-3 fatty acids have been suggested to lower blood pressure. Reduce triglycerides; slow down the development of plaque in the arteries; and reduce the risk of arrhythmia, heart attack and stroke. However, recent studies have shown conflicting evidence, particularly regarding cardiovascular event rates.

From fish oil supplements to foods, the intake of omega-3 fatty acids is often promoted by doctors. However, confusion and misinformation are common. Do you know important clinical information and best practices for patient recommendations? Test your knowledge with this short quiz.

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Quote this: Mary L. Windle. Fast Five Quiz: Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Fish Oil) – Medscape – April 9, 2021.

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