Cardiovascular Nutrition Research Laboratory
Broadly, our research group seeks to understand the role of nutrition in cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular diseases account for more deaths in the U.S. than any other chronic disease. The American Heart Association (AHA) has identified 7 health metrics important to achieving ideal “cardiovascular health” and a healthy dietary pattern is among those. Specifically, the AHA lists a higher sodium intake and lower potassium intake as dietary risk factors for CVD. In particular, our interest lies in studying the effect of these two nutrients on vascular function. Vascular dysfunction can lead to atherosclerosis, development of high blood pressure, and stiffening of blood vessels.