A Healthy Retirement?
Nancy has been looking forward to her retirement and a chance to entertain and travel with her husband Jim. But she hasn’t been feeling well. She’s often tired, and recently she’s been experiencing a burning sensation in her lower chest as well as nausea and difficulty breathing. This case was designed for an introductory human biology, anatomy and physiology, or health and wellness course. Its overall purpose is to identify some healthy and not-so-healthy lifestyle choices and the consequences of those choices. It also serves to demonstrate that men and women suffering from the same disease often experience different symptoms.
- Interpret basic medical test results, e.g., blood pressure, blood glucose, and lipid levels.
- Identify healthy and not-so-healthy lifestyle choices.
- Identify the medical consequences of these lifestyle choices.
- Describe some of the mechanisms that lead to these medical consequences.
- Compare and contrast symptoms of coronary artery disease and heart attack in men and women.
- Explain the importance of including both sexes and individuals of different racial and ethnic backgrounds in clinical studies.
KeywordsCardiovascular disease; heart disease; coronary artery disease; cardiac arrest; heart attack; angina; lifestyle choices
Educational LevelHigh school, Undergraduate lower division
Type / MethodsDirected
Subject HeadingsBiology (General) | Medicine (General) |
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