Cardiovascular Disease: A Case Study

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The obesity rates have risen dramatically in the past 30 years resulting in nearly one-third of the world population classified as obese (Murray & Ng, 2016). Some of the more common health risks associated with obesity include cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes. These conditions could, in fact, most likely be prevented through healthy diet and exercise. In 2007, Doctor Guy Berkenboom, professor of cardiology at the Erasme Hospital, Brussel, stated in an article in the Journal of American Heart Association, that a less aggressive approach to treating cardiovascular disease through pharmaceutical treatments and changing the patient’s lifestyle would be more beneficial and less invasive. He feels many Belgium hospitals are sending too …show more content…
There are two types of angina, stable and unstable. With stable angina, the symptoms only occur with certain activities, and rarely gets worse over time ("Angina," 2015). This slow onset gives the patient and doctors ample time to diagnose the condition and begin treatment. Unstable angina has a sudden onset and often gets worse over a short period, and is a warning sign that a heart attack may happen soon ("Angina," 2015).
In 2015, Doctor George A. Stouffer III, writes that patients with stable angina, medical therapy is recommended as first-line treatment unless one or more of the following indications for PCI or coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) are present:
• Severe
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With so many variables it is highly unlikely that the United States will change how it utilizes PCI or thrombolysis for cardiac patients. The American Heart Association acknowledges the most important principle is “the appropriate, and timely use of some form of reperfusion therapy is likely more important than the choice of therapy” (Anbe et al., 2004, p.

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