Module 08 Content
For this written assignment, use a concept map to describe the Cardiovascular System. You can look at describing CV disease (CAD, heart failure, hypertension). The concept map is a method to teach critical thinking skills and prepare you to apply nursing theory to the clinical setting.
You may also do TWO medications associated with these diseases. If you chose to do a medication, please do 1 map for a CV drug in different categories.
Sure, here is a concept map that describes the cardiovascular system and some of the diseases that can affect it.
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concept map showing the cardiovascular system and some of the diseases that can affect it
The cardiovascular system is a network of organs that work together to circulate blood throughout the body. The heart is the main organ in the cardiovascular system. It pumps blood through a network of blood vessels, which carry oxygen and nutrients to the body’s cells and remove waste products.
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a group of diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels. CVD is the leading cause of death in the United States. Some of the most common types of CVD include coronary artery disease (CAD), heart failure, and hypertension.
CAD is a condition in which plaque builds up in the arteries that supply blood to the heart. This can lead to a heart attack, which is when the blood supply to part of the heart is blocked.
Heart failure is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. This can lead to shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling in the legs.
Hypertension is a condition in which the blood pressure is too high. This can damage the heart, blood vessels, and other organs.
There are many medications that can be used to treat CVD. Some of the most common types of medications include:
Antihypertensives: These medications are used to lower blood pressure.
Anticoagulants: These medications are used to prevent blood clots.
Antiarrhythmics: These medications are used to regulate the heartbeat.
Cholesterol-lowering medications: These medications are used to lower cholesterol levels.
Medications should be used under the supervision of a healthcare professional. They can be effective in treating CVD, but they can also have side effects. It is important to talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of any medication before taking it.
In addition to medication, there are many other things that can be done to prevent CVD. These include:
Eating a healthy diet
Maintaining a healthy weight
Controlling blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels
By making lifestyle changes and taking medications as needed, you can help to prevent CVD and live a long and healthy life.