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Risk of Developing Disease

Steve, a 54-year-old Caucasian male, presents for a first time visit to your clinic. His history includes five sexual partners in the last 25 years, two of those within the last twelve months. He has a lack of physical activity of any kind as he is an over-the-road truck driver, 25-year history of smoking 1 PPD, and no immunizations of any kind that he can recall since high school. His father died of a myocardial infarction at age 62. His mother is alive and has hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and Type 2 DM. His BMI is 31 and his blood pressure is 142/90.

1. Name one disease he is at risk for. Please explain
2. Provide evidence on how one of his risk factors is tied to causation of that disease picked in question 1. Please explain

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1. Based on the information provided, Steve is at risk for several different diseases. One in particular would be heart disease. Steve's blood pressure of 142/90 would categorize him at Stage 1 Hypertension (or high blood pressure). "Blood pressure" is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If a person's blood pressure becomes elevated and stays that way over extended periods, it can cause ...

Solution Summary

This solution explains a disease that Steve is at risk for and risk factors that can contribute to the development of the disease.