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Appendix D Cardiovascular Disease Patient Interview
Suppose you are tasked with confidentially interviewing members of a retirement community to see who may be at risk for cardiovascular disease. At the same time, you are asked to help educate the retirement community about what they can do to control their risk of developing a cardiovascular disease. Use the template below to design an interview form you would be able to take to members of the retirement community (age 60 and up). Refer to Ch. 7 of the text, and this week’s articles on cardiovascular health. Remember—you will come into contact with seniors from all walks of life, so write questions that are direct, yet friendly. Apply judgment when writing questions; you cannot possibly cover all forms of cardiovascular disease with one 10-question interview. Finally, imagine you are actually conducting the interviews within a retirement community when one interviewee says her sister has been diagnosed with a particular cardiovascular disease. She wants you to explain what must be done to treat the disease because her sister did not understand the doctor’s explanation. Complete the interview and case study below. Post your response to the Individual forum. Part 1: Interview Form

Cardiovascular Disease Interview
Checklist for Symptoms and Signs of Cardiovascular Disease □ 1. Do you experience pain or tightness in the chest or irregular heartbeat? □ 2. Have you ever had a history of high blood pressure? □ 3. Do you have your cholesterol levels checked regularly, if so, are they higher than normal? □ 4. Do you experience any tingling or numbing sensations in your hands/arms or feet/legs? □ 5. Do you experience fevers or fatigue? □ 6. Do you smoke, if so, do you have an abnormal cough? □ 7. Do you experience nausea or dizziness? □ 8. Do you have any varicose veins? □ 9. Have you had any unusual or sudden weight gain or loss? □ 10. Do you experience discoloration or swelling of any particular area? Risk Factor Discussion Prompts 1. If you have high blood pressure, lowering stress and exercising can help lower it. 2. If your cholesterol levels are high, you can alter your diet in ways that will help lower it and exercise has been proven to help lower it also. 3. If you are concerned about your health, learning about your family history will guide you in the direction of areas to pay attention to. 4. Did you know that smoking can cause of cardiovascular disease? 5. (OPTIONAL) Add a conversation-starting sentence that would lead to a discussion of what individuals can do to decrease the impact of risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Part 2: Case Study

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These types of surgeries have been very successful. She recently had an ultrasound that revealed an aneurysm near her heart. There are usually not any symptoms and are found by using ultra sounds.An interviewee named Mattie has been telling you all about her sister. HCA 240 . Explain to Mattie what her sister is likely to go through when she is treated for her aneurysm. If discovered early enough. Mattie’s sister is a delicate. An aneurysm occurs when a blood vessel breaks from being weak and hemorrhaging (excessive bleeding) usually occurs. The most common places aneurysms are found are the brain and the heart. 72-year-old great-grandmother. aneurysms can be repaired with surgery by replacing the damaged blood vessel with grafts or other parts of vessels. Mattie’s sister did not understand the doctor’s explanation clearly enough to share details with Mattie.

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