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  • Pamela S. Stewart Fahs RN, DSN,

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    • Pamela Stewart Fahs is an Associate Professor at Binghamton University and Director of the O'Connor Office of Rural Health Studies in the Decker School of Nursing in Binghamton, New York. Her doctorate in nursing is from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and her research interests include the cardiovascular health of women, particularly those living in rural areas.

  • Mary Ann Faucher CNM, PhD

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    • Mary Ann Faucher is on faculty at the Parkland School of Nurse-Midwifery in Dallas, Texas and she completed her doctoral work at Texas Women's University. Her research interests include the cardiovascular health of women.

Parkland School of Nurse-Midwifery, 5201 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75235.


This article examines the evidence on use of nutriceuticals for promotion of cardiovascular health in women. Studies elucidating mechanism of action, physiologic effects of antioxidant vitamins, carotenoids, flavonoids, and garlic are presented. Emerging evidence for the impact of homocysteine on cardiovascular risk factors and events and evidence for the impact of different types of fats on cardiovascular markers are reviewed. The effects of a heart-healthy diet are supported in this review of research on nutriceuticals. Primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in women is clearly efficacious, and this article summarizes information to be shared with women about nutriceuticals and diet to better enable decisions they can adopt to promote cardiovascular health.