Liedke, Mike

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States. Coronary artery disease (CAD), where plaque builds up to create atherosclerosis, puts patients at risk for heart attack or stroke. Mitochondrial Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) have been implicated as a source of oxidative stress that can lead to the development of CAD, and diets high in fat potentiate this occurrence. As certain fats are heated and experience chemical and physical degradation, they cause an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, various forms of cancer, and CVD. This research study, based on CREATION Health ideals, aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of an educational brochure for healthcare providers, in order to promote patient education and participant commitment to improved diet choices. Data from Likert scale respondents (n = 104) and qualitative responses overwhelmingly affirmed the utility of this educational brochure.

Keywords: Cardiovascular disease, cholesterol, coronary artery disease, inflammation, lipids, mono-unsaturated fats, oxidative stress, polyunsaturated fats, reactive oxygen species, saturated fats, and trans-fats