Nutrition Education for Cardiologists: The Time Has Come

Stephen Devries*, Andrew M. Freeman

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Purpose of Review: Nutrition is a cornerstone of cardiovascular health, yet the training of cardiovascular specialists in nutrition has been called into question. This report summarizes the current state of nutrition education in the training of cardiovascular specialists and offers recommendations for curricular enhancements. Recent Findings: Medical students receive an average of fewer than 20 h of nutrition education, largely confined to basic sciences and discussion of vitamin deficiency states. Current guidelines for Internal Medicine residency and cardiovascular fellowship training do not contain any specific requirement for nutrition education. A recent survey showed that the vast majority of cardiologists report having received minimal nutrition training, although most cardiologists believe it is their personal responsibility to provide nutritional counseling to their patients. Summary: Cardiologists typically receive minimal training in nutrition and are not well equipped to deliver effective nutritional counseling and recognize opportunities for appropriate referral. The potential for cardiologists to become more effective team members in delivering nutritional interventions is considerable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number77
JournalCurrent Cardiology Reports
Volume19
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

Keywords

  • Cardiologist education
  • Lifestyle medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition education
  • Plant-based diets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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