Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-2-2021

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Chemistry and Biochemistry

First Advisor

Susan Pedigo

Second Advisor

Sarah Moses

Third Advisor

Eden Tanner

Relational Format



Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is a serious condition caused by a buildup of plaque in your coronary arteries, the blood vessels that bring oxygen-rich blood to your heart. It disproportionately affects millions of Americans and thousands of Mississippians. This study presents the results of an evaluation of causation factors of CAD, the physiological impact on the body, and the contributing determinants of CAD on Mississippi populations. Data on Mississippi populations were collected using the Center for Population Studies at the University of Mississippi. A multitude of individuals were evaluated when examining the causes and effects of CAD including men, women, children, and the elderly. The evaluation processes and procedures of all facets of CAD are given in great detail, so that this paper depicts the evolution of the evaluation, including changes in methodologies and treatment instruments in dealing with CAD. The findings of this research reflect the challenges faced by providers / public health officials in dealing with CAD in Mississippi. Findings for each of the aforementioned results are presented along with a discussion of what changes have been made or not made to aid the issue and why. While the findings of CAD’s effect on Mississippi populations is not generally quite positive, the improvement in the detrimental effects of CAD in recent years clearly allows the possibility of removing the disease as an issue in our state.

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