P. A. OWREN, M.D.
To the Editor: At The American College of Physicians' meeting in Chicago (1) in March this year I reported on experiments indicating that linolenic acid might reduce the tendency to secondary thrombosis in atherosclerotic disease by reducing the adhesion-aggregation tendency of the blood platelets. This suggestion was based on the following findings:
1. Clinical coronary disease is associated with an abnormally increased adhesion-aggregation tendency of the blood platelets as measured by Hellem's method. This might mean an increased tendency to thrombosis.
2. The intake of vegetable oils with high contents of linolenic acid (soy bean oil, linseed oil) and of
OWREN PA. LINOLENIC ACID AND CORONARY THROMBOSIS. Ann Intern Med. ;63:1160–1161. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-63-6-1160
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1965;63(6):1160-1161.
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