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    Patient education on heart disease

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    Please assist so I can complete this assignment:

    You work in the office of a cardiologist. He has asked you to develop a draft of an initial patient education brochure to help patients who have had a myocardial infarction. He has jotted some notes, handed them to you, and asked you to make them "patient friendly."

    Read the following information he has provided. Decide how to explain heart problems in simple, easy to understand language.

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    -brief Anatomy and Physiology:
    -the heart has 4 chambers; each has a one-way valve
    -the right side of the heart sends blood to the lungs
    -the left side of the heart sends blood to the body
    -atria "prime the pump" by pushing blood into the ventricles
    -ventricles do the hard work of pushing blood to where it needs to go (body vs. lungs)
    -systole: when the heart is working
    -diastole: when the heart is resting and filling (and "feeding" itself)

    -makes more work for the ventricles because it increases the pressure that's on the other side of the valve
    -heart has to work harder to open the valve
    -if left untreated, can cause problems with the muscle related to stretch or hypertrophy (overgrowth of muscle)
    -high ...

    Solution Summary

    This includes brief anatomy and physiology of the heart. It also tells how hypertension, hyperlipidemia and smoking contribute to heart disease. This solution includes how to explain these and angioplasty to patients.