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Diet at the heart of CVD prevention

NEW! Revised version June 2021.
This online learning tutorial addresses the role of diet and lifestyle in the management of dyslipidaemias, as an important part in the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

It is a “refresher” course, for general practitioners (GPs) and healthcare professionals (HCPs) in primary care practices, to leverage existing knowledge in this key area.

The updated 2021 version of the online tutorial provides evidence-based guidelines next to practical advice that can be used to help patients manage their dyslipidaemia through dietary and lifestyle modifications.

The tutorial builds on earlier work done by the European Atherosclerosis Society, addressing the important role of diet and lifestyle which form the basis for dyslipidaemia treatment and CVD prevention.

The tutorial includes chapters on CVD risk factors, diet and lifestyle interventions, the role of dietary fats, dietary fibres, foods with added plant sterols/stanols next to links to the latest guidelines, case study examples, practical advice on motivating patients to make changes to their diet and lifestyle as well as downloadable materials for use with patients.  

To the Diet at the Heart tutorial >>

Diet at the Heart article series


  1. Beneficial components of a ‘heart healthy diet’
  2. Women and risk of CVD – role of diet and lifestyle
  3. Dietary counselling to control blood cholesterol from infancy to young adulthood: CVD risk prevention should start at early age


  1. Does the festive season lead to a period of hypercholesterolemia in the new year?
  2. Dietary options and lifestyle play a role in cholesterol management
  3. How health care professionals (HCPs) can advise on a heart-heathy diet and help fight the climate crisis
  4. How are plant-based diet patterns beneficial in lowering atherogenic blood lipids?
  5. Medical nutrition therapy is effective in the management of adult dyslipidaemia – the importance of diet and lifestyle support in the prevention of CVD
  6. Consuming a healthy diet is associated with lower cardiovascular disease risk in all regions of the world


  1. LDL-cholesterol lowering: The lower the better, the earlier the better and the role of diet and lifestyle
  2. Building confidence of health care professionals to provide diet and lifestyle support for CVD prevention: We can make it work!
  3. Changing behaviour towards a healthy diet & lifestyle: what can be done to support implementation?