A cohort of 4,837 Dutch patients with a history of myocardial infarction.

Financial support for data visualizations was obtained from BBMRI.NL

Main findings

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Main result of the Alpha Omega Trial

The Alpha Omega Trial was a randomised double-blind placebo-controlled trial carried out in 4,837 patients after a heart attack, in which the hypothesis was tested that low doses of omega-3 fatty acids reduce major cardiovascular and fatal coronary events.
More about the trial design
4837 patients
with history of myocardial infarction
60-80 years of age
most receiving state-of-the-art drugs

Main results of the Alpha Omega Cohort

When the Alpha Omega Cohort was installed as a continuation of the Alpha Omega Trial, it gained a lot of data that is currently being analysed and published.

From the first ten years, we want to highlight four main findings.

For these four studies, the cohort characteristics, baseline, and follow-up were similar. As patients that suffered a heart attack in the ten years leading up to the trial, almost all received drug treatment: 86% used statins, 90% used antihypertensive medication, and 98% used antithrombotic medication.

The baseline measurements included detailed dietary and physiological assessments as well as blood sample collection. The median follow-up was 6.4 to 7 years. For detailed information on the measurements, visit the measurements page.

During follow-up, close to 20% of the patients died, of which 42% from cardiovascular causes, 35% from cancer, and 22% from other causes.

We developed infographics to show the data of these main findings. Click on the findings below to see the data visualisations.