Omega-3 and -6 Fatty Acids


Omega-3 and omega-6 are types of essential fatty acids. We cannot make them on our own bodies, only from our own diets. Baseline and monitoring of individuals with known CVD (acute and chronic) to determine Rx and compliance. Identify patients with known CVD risk with low omega-3 levels who may be candidates for supplementation/therapy. Monitor patients on omega-3 supplementation/therapy to determine efficacy of treatment. Potential role in risk reduction for non-CVD outcomes-aged related macular degeneration, RA, cancer, etc. (early data).

Omega-3 and -6 Fatty Acids


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  • Fasting Required: Yes (10-12 Hrs)
  • Preferred Specimen: Plasma
  • Reference Range(s):
  • Omega-3 (EPA+DHA) Index 1.4-4.9 %
    Index <2.2: High
    Index 2.2-3.2: Moderate
    Index >3.2: Optimal
    Omega-6/Omega-3 Ratio 5.7-21.3
    EPA/Arachidonic Acid Ratio ≤0.2
    Arachidonic Acid 5.2-12.9%
    EPA 0.2-1.5 %
    DHA 1.2-3.9 %
  • Turnaround Time: 3 Day
  • Test Code: 91001