If you have a patient that has CAD, how would you determine which of his bad habits/lifestyle choices you should encourage them to change first? I am torn between the smoking and the high fat diet. I have read through my med-surge book and did online searches on CAD and I can't determine which one is the best for the pt to try and work on first. I would guess smoking, but I'm not sure if there is a cut and dry answer or if all the bad behaviors have the same level of detriment to the pt's health. I don't think smoking would be as easy to stop as eating bad foods would be, but I think not smoking may give a quicker return on lowering the risk. Can anyone point me in the right direction? TIA :).