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Barrett, Sheila

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B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

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School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences


Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in America.1 With it costing the United States 207 billion dollars per year, prevention for this disease is key.2 This includes having knowledge on the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease. One of the most common risk factors are nutritional risk factors, such as high levels of cholesterol that can lead to atherosclerosis and having a bad diet that could lead to hypertension, obesity, and diabetes.2 However, with cardiovascular disease killing 610,000 Americans per year it is vital to know every risk factor. This includes knowing psychological risk factors, such as depression, anxiety syndromes, lack of social isolation, and lack of social ties. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of these risk factors and many physicians fail to acknowledge them. However, by learning the psychological risk factors that can impact cardiovascular disease, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease can be approached in a more well-rounded way.


12 pages




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