Silent Killer Essay

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Silent but Deadly
When hearing the words “silent killer” most people picture a man or woman, dressed unusually, and holding a weapon. However, neither a man nor a woman is the silent killer in this case; heart disease is.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) “About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year” (CDC, n.d.). Out of all of those cases, about forty seven percent of deaths occurred outside of the hospital. This suggested that most people either did not know or did not act on the early warning signs of heart disease. As a result of this data, the CDC surveyed the general public about heart disease in 2005. To their surprise, they found that only twenty seven percent of participants were “Aware
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Some of these diseases develop rapidly and have obvious signs and symptoms while others develop insidiously and have deadly effects. It is important to know that the signs and symptoms of heart disease present themselves different in men versus women (Nursing Update, 2008). More often than not, men will experience chest pain or discomfort in cardiac crisis while women will experience nausea, vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Men are more susceptible to developing heart disease after the age of 55, whereas women are more susceptible after the age of 65. Common risk factors for heart disease in both men and women include diabetes, obesity, poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, and excessive alcohol or drug …show more content…
It is not written or reviewed by experts in the field and may have biased information because of the advertisement funding. It does not have a strong privacy policy and allows for viewer information to be shared. Although they use simple jargon on this website, I would suggest that patients find another website and research the terms they do not understand. I firmly believe that a patient can be misguided by a website such as Health.com, especially regarding serious health problems like heart disease. Therefore, the general public should not use this

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