Fast Five Quiz: Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Fish Oil)

Mary L. Windle, PharmD


April 09, 2021

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

From fish oil supplements to foods, intake of omega-3 fatty acids is often encouraged by clinicians; however, confusion and misinformation are common. Do you know key clinical information, as well as best practices for patient recommendations? Test your knowledge with this short quiz.


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