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Heart Disease
Victoria Martin
Grand Canyon University: NRS-427V-0500 October 3, 2015

Heart Disease
Heart Disease is a big term used to describe a lot of heart conditions but the most common type in the United States is known as coronary artery disease. This is where the flow of blood through the heart is slowed down due to plaque buildup in the arteries within the heart which blocks the blood flow and can lead to a heart attack. In the United States about one in every three adults or seventy million people has high blood pressure. Only about half of these have this under control by either diet and exercise or medication. Blood Pressure is a very common condition but if not under control it increases the patients risk for heart disease and stroke significantly. High blood pressure is known as the silent killer as it has no warning signs or symptoms so often patients do not even know that they have it and this is very dangerous (CDC, 2015).
In the United States and most other societies, there is a strong tendency for Blood Pressure to rise progressively with increasing age; however, epidemiologic studies indicate that age-related increases in BP and the occurrence of hypertension are uncommon in societies whose members live in isolated settings. These findings indicate that high BP is not an inevitable consequence of aging and that prevention of hypertension is a realistic goal (Epidemiology and the Prevention of Hypertension. (n.d.).
Epidemiological Rational I live in the Crater District in Southside Virginia and the stats show, Virginia Department of Heath for the Crater District 2010, that Heart Disease hospitalizations age adjusted rate (per 10, 000) are 187.4 for the Crater area vs 98.1 for the State of VA. Heart Disease Deaths are (per 10,000) 135.7 for the Crater area vs 101.7 for the State of VA. Heart Attack…...

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