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Schacky, Clemens von (March 2010): Omega-3 Index and Sudden Cardiac Death. In: Nutrients, Vol. 2, No. 3: pp. 375-388




Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is an unresolved health issue, and responsible for 15% of all deaths in Western countries. Epidemiologic evidence, as well as evidence from clinical trials, indicates that increasing intake and high levels of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) protect from SCD and other major adverse cardiac events. Levels of EPA+DHA are best assessed by the Omega-3 Index, representing the red cell fatty acid content of EPA+DHA. Work is in progress that will further define the value of the Omega- 3 Index as a risk factor for SCD, other cardiac events, and as target for treatment with EPA+DHA.