Media Field Trip CVDin Women
Cardiovascular diseases affect the blood vessels and the heart. Theyinclude congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis, stroke, andischemic heart diseases. They cause more deaths in women than anyother condition in America. Some of the risk factors associated withthese conditions include obesity, high cholesterol, sedentary life,and hypertension. While researching about these diseases, I learnedthat one in every 35 women suffers from CVD (Mozaffaria, D., et al.,2015). Besides, I found out that pregnant and African American womenhave a greater risk of developing CVD (Sherrod,et al., 2012).
Much has been written about cardiovascular diseases. I think thereason for this case is their lethal and pervasive nature. Sincethese diseases cause the majority of the deaths in women, they haveattracted the attention of many organizations that work towardcreating awareness and promoting treatment of these conditions. Theseorganizations create awareness by publishing numerous articles ontheir respective websites. According to Sherrod,et al., (2012), the decline in CVD diseases has been attributed tothe awareness created on the issue of obesity and other risk factors.
The best resource that was very helpful in the course of my researchwas a statistical fact sheet from the American Heart Association.First, it was the best because it contained numerous statistics thathelped me identify the magnitude of the problem caused by CVD.Secondly, it was up-to-date because it was published in 2015.Additionally, I could confirm that what the article reported was truefrom peer reviewed journals. For example, Sherrod,et al., (2012) confirmed the article’s report thatCVD causes the death of one woman every minute.
I could tell that the information in my source was accurate becausethere were no advertisements that called for the reader to buy anymerchandise related to the topic. Also, the authors did not endorseany product. Also, I knew that the information was correct because itwas published on the website of a government-funded organization.
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Mozaffaria, D., et al., (2015). Health Diseases and StrokeStatistics-2015 update- a report from the American Association.Circulation, 131, e29-322
Sherrod, M.,Sherrod, N. M., Spitzer, M. T., & Cheek, D. (2012). Prevention ofheart disease in women: Considerable challenges remain. Open Journalof Nursing, 2 176-180.