Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Document Type

Major Paper


Zvart Onanian School of Nursing



Date of Original Version



Cardiovascular disease is a global health care burden causing morbidity, mortality, and financial burdens on our health care systems. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is comprised of coronary artery disease, cerebrovascular disease, and peripheral vascular disease. Cardiovascular Disease is the primary cause of death for both men and woman in the United States. Literature has revealed that low density cholesterol (LDL-C) is one of the primary drivers of coronary artery disease. The purpose of this systematic review is to look at plant-based diets' effects on cholesterol levels. In the hope that if we can understand dietary patterns that reduce cholesterol levels we can educate and mitigate the detrimental effects of coronary artery disease. The findings of this study showed significant results showing associations between plant-based diets and lowering outcomes like LDL-C levels in patients, thus in theory reducing risks for cardiovascular disease.

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