Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Exercise Science

First Advisor

Dr. Yu Lun Tai

Second Advisor

Dr. Ryan D. Russell

Third Advisor

Dr. Samuel Buchanan


Hispanics of the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) have the highest rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D) in the country, conditions often associated with cardiovascular disease and increased mortality. This study investigated the physiological factors affecting postprandial hemodynamic responses differently between FH+ and FH- groups. Thirty-one healthy Hispanic individuals volunteered in this study. Overall, FH+ individuals had higher pressures at rest compared to FH-, However, these differences were not statistically significant. When controlling for blood chemistries such as blood glucose, cholesterol, lipoproteins, and triglycerides, family history appears to have no effect on fasted or postprandial hemodynamics and pulse wave reflection.


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