APS Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology

Diet and Cardiovascular Health

Symposium — Monday, April 4, 2022 — 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM — Convention Center, Room 204B
Nutrition Physiology Interest Group — Chair: Shannon L. Lennon — Co-Chair: Abeer Mohamed

This symposium will cover the role of different diets and/or nutrients and their effects on cardiovascular health in adults. Diet is one of the most important modifiable lifestyle factors that impacts human health and in particular, cardiovascular health. Dietary factors can be beneficial or detrimental to cardiovascular health depending on the amount consumed, their context in the diet, as well as their balance with various other nutrients in the diet. Furthermore, diet-induced alterations in vascular health can both increase and decrease the risk of future development of hypertension and subsequent cardiovascular disease. The following presentations will discuss the impact of macronutrients, micronutrients, and dietary phytochemicals (i.e. active compounds in plants) on vascular health. Dr. Phillips will highlight various dietary interventions on both macrovascular and microvascular function in adults. Dr. Lobene will discuss the impact of dietary sodium on cardiovascular health with a focus on assessment of sodium in research studies. Dr. Johnson will discuss the role of phytochemicals on cardiovascular disease risk factors with aging.


  • Dietary Interventions and The Impact on Mechanisms of Macro and Micro Vascular Vasodilation
    Shane A. Phillips — Physical Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Assessing Sodium intake and Its implications for Cardiovascular Health
    Andrea J. Lobene — Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, University of Delaware

  • Impact of Dietary Phytochemicals on Vascular Function and Cardiovascular Disease Risk with Aging
    Sarah A. Johnson — Food Science and Human Nutrition, Colorado State University

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