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Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Mortality Outcome in Patients With and Without Type 2 Diabetes After Myocardial Infarction: A Retrospective, Matched-Cohort Study.
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PMID:  23246017     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: There are conflicting data regarding the benefits of omega-3 (n-3) fatty acids, most recently in patients with type 2 diabetes. OBJECTIVE: Our goal was to evaluate the impact of licensed, highly purified n-3 fatty acids on all-cause mortality after myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS: This was a retrospective, matched-cohort study using data from the General Practice Research Database. Patients initiating treatment with 1 g of n-3 fatty acids in the 90 days after first MI were identified and each matched to 4 nonexposed patients. Progression to death was compared using time-dependent Cox models to account for potential differences in exposure to other cardiovascular risk-modifying treatments. RESULTS: A total of 2466 eligible subjects exposed to n-3 fatty acids were matched. The majority of patients had concurrent treatment with lipid-lowering therapies, antihypertensives, and antiplatelets after first MI, with subjects exposed to n-3 fatty acids having a greater likelihood of concurrent exposure. For those initiating n-3 fatty acids within 90 days of first MI, the adjusted hazard ratio (aHR) was 0.782 (95% CI, 0.641-0.995; P = 0.0159); for those initiating treatment within 14 days, the aHR was 0.680 (95% CI, 0.481-0.961; P = 0.0288). In patients with type 2 diabetes at baseline, the aHRs were 0.714 (95% CI, 0.454-1.124) and 0.597 (95% CI, 0.295-1.211) when initiation was within 90 and 14 days, respectively. Use of n-3 fatty acids resulted in a consistent survival benefit under a range of scenarios quantitatively consistent with the overall effect. CONCLUSION: After MI, early treatment with licensed n-3 fatty acids was associated with improvement in all-cause mortality in patients with and without type 2 diabetes, against a background of contemporary cardiovascular risk-modifying treatments.
Chris D Poole; Julian P Halcox; Sara Jenkins-Jones; Emma S M Carr; Mathias G Schifflers; Kausik K Ray; Craig J Currie
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical therapeutics     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-114X     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Ther     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7706726     Medline TA:  Clin Ther     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier HS Journals, Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Primary Care and Public Health, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, The Pharma Research Centre, Cardiff MediCentre, Cardiff, United Kingdom.
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