STRENGTH Results May Weaken Chances For Omega-3 Fatty Acid Heart Health Claims
Results of Study to Assess Statin Residual Risk with Epanova in High Cardiovascular Risk Patients with Hypertriglyceridemia “should prompt reconsideration of [OTC] mixed omega-3 fatty acid products for [atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease] prevention,” say cardiologists in an editorial published with JAMA study.
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