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Autonomic Function, Omega-3, and Cardiovascular Risk

Hussam Abuissa, MD; James H. O’Keefe, Jr, MD; William Harris, PhD; Carl J. Lavie, MD
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Affiliations: Kansas City, MO
 ,  New Orleans, LA
 ,  Dr. Abuissa is a Preventive Cardiology Fellow, Dr. O’Keefe is Professor of Medicine, and Dr. Harris is Professor of Medicine, Mid America Heart Institute. Dr. Lavie is Medical Co-Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Director, Exercise Laboratories, Ochsner Clinic Foundation.

Correspondence to: Carl J. Lavie, MD, Medical Co-Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Director, Exercise Laboratories, Ochsner Clinic Foundation, 1514 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, LA 70121-2483; e-mail: clavie@ochsner.org



Chest. 2005;127(4):1088-1091. doi:10.1378/chest.127.4.1088
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The status of the autonomic nervous system, although ignored by many clinicians, is a major determinant of cardiovascular health and prognosis. Any therapy that chronically activates the sympathetic nervous system and/or diminishes parasympathetic (vagal) tone will increase the risk of cardiovascular events. In contrast, therapies that tip the autonomic balance toward parasympathetic dominance and decrease sympathetic tone will improve prognosis.1

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