A letter to the editor focuses on the relationship of coronary heart disease to diet and plasma lipids among Greenland Eskimos. The research findings strongly support the view that acute myocardial infarction is almost nonexistent in Eskimos living in their native habitat partly because the atherogenic process is delayed and partly because C20:5 w-3 (EPA) protects against thrombocyte aggregation.

This may explain why there is an increased bleeding tendency among Eskimos and suggests that dietary manipulation might influence thrombosis.

PMID: 87584