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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 weeks articles on cardiovascular health. Rememberyou 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 doctors explanation. Complete the interview and case study below. Post your response to the Individual forum. Part 1: Interview Form

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Checklist for Symptoms and Signs of Cardiovascular Disease 1. Do you have a family history of cardiovascular disease? 2. Do you exercise on a regular basis? 3. Is you LDL under control? 4. Do you take Aspirin as part of a daily regiment? 5. Have you experienced weight gain or weight loss? 6. Have you experienced any shortness of breath or pain in your chest? 7. Have you experienced any pain or numbness in you left arm? 8. Does it hurt to lie down on your back? 9. Do you experience burning under your breast bone? 10. Do you experience irregular heartbeats after meals? Risk Factor Discussion Prompts 1. Was your mother, father, or any other blood relative ever diagnosed with cardiovascular disease? 2. Do you watch what your diet, including your cholesterol intake? 3. Do you exercise regularly at least 30 minutes three times a week? 4. (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. 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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An interviewee named Mattie has been telling you all about her sister. Matties sister is a delicate, 72-year-old great-grandmother. She recently had an ultrasound that revealed an aneurysm near her heart. Matties sister did not understand the doctors explanation clearly enough to share details with Mattie. Explain to Mattie what her sister is likely to go through when she is treated for her aneurysm. Mattie your sister will have a CT scan where they will inject dye into her system to see the size of the aneurysm. This is necessary to determine the treatment options that would be best for your sister. If the aneurysm is not to big the doctors can clip the aneurysm to stop the blood flow and then clip it off. After the aneurysm is removed the doctors will then suture the hole in the artery restoring blood flow. If an infection has occurred because of the aneurysm than an option that the doctors have is to perform a blood graft, this will make sure that blood is being supplied to the infected area to rid the body of the infections on the infection is gone than they can successfully remove the aneurysm.

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