Significant updates in every chapter make this course on detecting, diagnosing and preventing cardiovascular disease even more essential to nutrition professionals. Ellen Coleman neatly summarizes the voluminous research on cardiovascular disease risk reduction through diet and exercise, and provides concrete, realistic recommendations for all fitness levels. Includes latest guidelines and new research on women's and children's heart health. Numerous appendices suitable for duplication as client handouts are provided. Includes: etiology of atherosclerosis and hypertension; dietary risk factors: fat, fiber, sodium; cholesterol-lowering drugs; diet and exercise programs for risk reduction; cholesterol in children.
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
- Explain the initiation, progression and consequences of atherosclerosis.
- Identify and define the different types of cholesterol, and explain the role of low-density lipoprotein in cardiovascular disease.
- Define exogenous, endogenous and reverse cholesterol transport.
- Define familial hypercholesterolemia, and discuss the relative importance of high serum cholesterol, heredity, hypertension, obesity, diabetes, sex, age and cigarette smoking as risk factors for atherosclerosis.
- Define saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, and explain their significance to the development of atherosclerosis.
- Explain the difference between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and discuss their effect on serum cholesterol and atherosclerosis.
- Discuss the relationship between calories and fat intake in the American diet.
- Define the Cholesterol/Saturated Fat Index (CSI); explain its significance.
- Identify the two kinds of dietary fiber, explain the effects of them on serum cholesterol, and cite food sources for both.
- Explain how insulin resistance affects cardiovascular disease risk.
- Explain the effects of dietary protein, alcohol and coffee on serum cholesterol and cardiovascular disease risk.
- Discuss dietary aspects of hypertension and its significance for heart disease risk.
- Discuss the major studies of diet and CVD risk, and explain the consensus recommendations for dietary change.
- Define Step One and Step Two diets; design meal plans incorporating these principles.
- Explain the rationale for very-low-fat, high-carbohydrate (VLFHC) diets.
- Name the major cholesterol-lowering drugs, and list criteria for drug therapy.
- Discuss the role of exercise in promoting health, fitness and weight loss.
- Design exercise programs for individuals with major cardiovascular disease risk factors.
- Discuss the significance of high serum cholesterol in children, and explain how risk assessment, screening and counseling can be integrated into a treatment and prevention plan.
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