Dietary Strategies for Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

Thursday, May 19, 2016


NYU Langone Medical Center
550 First Avenue 
Alumni Hall, Farkas Auditorium 
New York, NY 10016

Course Brochure

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*After 12 pm on May 17, 2016, only onsite registration is available, provided the course has not reached capacity. Onsite registrants will incur an additional $20 fee. Registration is non-transferable.

Course Director

Eugenia Gianos, MD

Course Fees

Full Fee: $125
Reduced Fee*: $60
NYU Langone Faculty and Staff: $60
NYU Langone Residents & Fellows: Waived (must provide valid NYU Langone ID)
Outside Residents and Fellows: $25
Dietitian Student Fee: $25

*Reduced fee applies to NYU School of Medicine alumni, former residents and fellows; physician-in-training; physicians employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center; full-time active military personnel; nurse practitioners; retired physicians; and all other non-physician healthcare professionals.

This course is being offered in conjunction with the “Advances in Cardiovascular Risk Reduction” course on May 20, 2016. The discount rates below apply only to participants who have already registered for the Cardiovascular Risk Reduction course. Click here to view the brochure and to register online for the Advances in Cardiovascular Risk Reduction.
Full Fee: $75
Reduced Fee*: $50
NYU Langone Faculty and Staff: $50
NYU Langone Residents & Fellows: Waived (must valid NYU Langone ID)
Outside Residents and Fellows: $20

Target Audience

Physicians, trainees, nurses, dieticians and allied health professionals

Course Description

Diet is a crucial component in the development and progression of cardiovascular disease, but is underemphasized in the educational training of most health care providers.  Educating patients about this important aspect of cardiovascular disease prevention requires that health care providers have background knowledge about the evidence for diet in cardiovascular and basic skills on how to educate their patients on practical dietary changes. The objective of this course is to review the evidence for diet and cardiovascular disease including recent analyses and controversies while providing practical counseling advice for assessing and implementing change to patients’ diets. The goal is for attendees to have a better understanding for the evidence for Mediterranean diet and vegan diet (whole food/plant-based) for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and the data for and against saturated fat, sugar and cholesterol in the development of cardiovascular disease.  Attendees will also be instructed in dietary assessment and dietary counseling with the latest innovations in counseling- motivation/technology. The course will also offer a unique lecture on the link between the human microbiome and cardiovascular disease. There will be open forums for discussion and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions about areas of uncertainty. The target audience includes physicians, trainees, nurses, dieticians and allied health professionals.

Statement of Need

  • Studies have shown that adhering to the Mediterranean Diet results in a substantial reduction of cardiovascular disease risk factors yet many clinicians feel inadequately trained to discuss nutrition with their patients.
  • Epidemiologic studies have suggested that higher intake of added sugar is associated with cardiovascular disease factors yet most adults consume more added sugar than is recommended.
  • Adequate evidence exists to support behavioral counseling to promote a healthy lifestyle in persons with cardiovascular risk factors however clinicians are not adequately trained to provide necessary counseling. New technologies and motivational interviewing are tools that can assist clinicians in promoting a healthy lifestyle among their patients.
  • The human microbiome has a wide range of metabolic activities and some recent studies have explored the impact of the microbiome on atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
  • Saturated fats have long been vilified as bad for heart health, but new analyses find no association between saturated fat intake and cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  
  • Dietary cholesterol has long been thought to increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.  A new meta-analysis and systematic review casts doubt on the role of dietary cholesterol on increasing serum cholesterol levels and the incidence of cardiovascular disease.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe how the Mediterranean and vegan diets can be used in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease
  • Describe the recommended daily sugar intake and the negative health impacts of exceeding those limits
  • Describe the importance of motivating their patients to achieve positive clinical outcomes
  • Describe how the microbiome has recently emerged as an important factor in human physiology and disease
  • Describe the role of saturated fat and describe its impact on cardiovascular disease
  • Discuss the controversy surrounding dietary cholesterol and its role in cardiovascular disease

Accreditation Statement

The NYU Post-Graduate Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The NYU Post-Graduate Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. ​

Dietitian Credits

This activity has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 4.0 CPEUs. 

Nursing Credits

4.1 Contact hours will be provided.

NYU Hospitals Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation


Refund Policy

In order to request a refund, you must email no later than 14 days prior to the first day of the course. An administrative fee of $75 will be deducted from your refund. Cancellations or no-shows after this date are not eligible for a refund. 

Course Cancellation Policy

If a course is cancelled due to inclement weather, insufficient enrollment, or any other reason, NYU PGMS will refund registration fees in full. NYU PGMS will provide at least two weeks’ advance notice if cancelling due to insufficient enrollment and as soon as possible in all other circumstances. NYU PGMS is not responsible for any airfare, hotel, or other non-cancellable costs incurred by the registrant.