Dietary Effects on Cardiovascular Risk Factors

  • Alice H. Lichtenstein


Diseases of the cardiovascular system remain the leading cause of death in developed countries and, as recently noted by the World Health Organization [1], in developing countries. As the disease burden shifts from communicable to noncommunicable diseases, diseases of the cardiovascular system have emerged as a major public health problem. In the United States, the two major contributors to the actual cause of cardiovascular death have been identified as diet imbalance/physical inactivity and tobacco use (See Fig. 1) [2].


Acute Myocardial Infarction Dietary Fiber Cardiovascular Death Smoking Prevalence Major Public Health Problem 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alice H. Lichtenstein
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  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Nutrition LaboratoryTufts University, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts UniversityBostonUSA

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