Cardiovascular Disease ( Cvd ) Essay

962 Words May 4th, 2016 4 Pages
I) Practical Problem
A) “Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of death in the United States, and well-established CVD risk factors, such as obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes, are common in adults” (LeFevre). Physicians often advise patients to lose weight, and in this case, a physician recommends that his patient should lose 40 pounds or his patient may be at risk of a heart attack, which is the practical problem. The patient recognizes the necessity to make healthy lifestyle changes. The patient also realizes that the doctor is correct with his medical recommendation; however, the patient has a negative outlook toward making the necessary lifestyle changes, as he does not like to exercise or diet. Nevertheless, the patient doubts, and this creates a dilemma in his lack of drive to make the necessary changes, including his thought patterns of uncertainties that he can be successful even if he tries (Reeves, 2015). Also, according to Albert Bandura (1986), an individual’s behavior is driven by their beliefs, thoughts, and emotions (Bandura 1986).

II) Proposed Intervention
A) The proposed intervention is “Increasing a growth mindset; The self and its strivings” (Reeve 2015), which requires setting and reaching the weight loss goal through an experimental design of a pretest/posttest using self-reporting and a survey. Through the random selection of patients who have a suggestion by their physician to lose an average of 40 pounds due to…

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