The Science of Prevention

Chapter 6: Epidemiology: The Science of Prevention

1. Jeff is 11 years old and slightly overweight. His father is a truck driver who was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. His mother is a licensed practical nurse at the local hospital. At a recent health science fair at his school, a student-led screening clinic documented Jeff’s blood pressure at 140/92 mm Hg.

a. Is Jeff at risk? If so, for what?

b. Utilizing the Guidelines for High Blood Pressure in Adults (American College of Cardiology, 2017), what is Jeff’s future risk from adolescence through adulthood?

c. How does epidemiologic data define hypertension in a child of Jeff’s age?

d. Are there health promotion activities that you would recommend?

I forgot to mention, the discussion needs to be in APA format, Thanks

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With the help of a community nurse, Jeff might manage his health. However, he has a future risk based on his current health condition. That is, he might develop cardiovascular diseases as he grows up. It is because hypertension increases the chances of contracting heart diseases, angina, and abdominal aortic aneurysm (American College of Cardiology, 2017). Since Jeff might be diagnosed with diabetes, his situation would be worse in the future because the combination of diabetes and hypertension increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Also, when he reaches 65 years old, his chances of cognitive decline would be higher (American College of Cardiology, 2017).

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