Stephanie Small, PhD candidate; PhD(c), MSc, RD, LDN

Kinesiology and Physical Education
University of Toronto

Novel Nutrition Interventions For Cardiac Rehabilitation: From research to registered dietitian

This presentation dives into the recent literature on nutritional strategies to enhance cardiac rehabilitation outcomes. It bridges the gap between the latest scientific research and practical applications by registered dietitians in clinical settings. The focus is on innovative dietary interventions that have shown promise in supporting heart health, improving patient recovery, and potentially mitigating future cardiovascular risks. Attendees will gain insights into the most recent findings on how specific nutrients, dietary patterns, and food-based interventions can play a pivotal role in cardiac care. The presentation will highlight evidence-based recommendations, including the adoption of Mediterranean, DASH, plant-based diets, and time-restricted eating, among others, emphasizing their impact on heart health. This session is designed for registered dietitians, healthcare professionals, and anyone interested in the intersection of nutrition and cardiac rehabilitation. It aims to equip practitioners with knowledge and tools to integrate these novel interventions into patient care plans effectively. By translating research into practice, the presentation will explore practical strategies for dietary counseling, patient education, and the development of personalized nutrition plans to support cardiac rehabilitation and long-term heart health.

Speaker/Chair Bio:

Stephanie Small, a third-year doctoral student at the University of Toronto and a registered dietitian, combines her extensive knowledge and experience in both academia and clinical practice. Holding a Master's degree from Florida State University, Stephanie has dedicated her research to exploring the intersection of nutrition and cardiovascular health, with a particular focus on cardiac rehabilitation. Her commitment to identifying novel nutrition interventions, alongside physical activity, aims to mitigate cardiovascular disease risk factors. Her research is pioneering in its approach to examining the feasibility and impact of dietary interventions, such as time-restricted eating, on cardiovascular risk among women and specific clinical populations, including breast cancer survivors and individuals undergoing cardiac rehabilitation. Stephanie's work is driven by a passion for translating scientific insights into practical dietary strategies for both patient and practitioner, thereby reducing the burden of cardiovascular diseases.