According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans. Science has determined that the following modifiable factors contribute to heart disease:

  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Sedentary life styles
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Poor food choices

Directions: Watch the video. Once you have watched the video, please discuss the following with your classmates:

  1. If the public is aware of the modifiable risk factors for heart disease, why is heart disease still so prevalent?
  2. Describe two ways that nurses could motivate healthy lifestyle choices in their patients and community?
  3. Do nurses have a responsibility to be role models of healthy life choices?
  4. Of the seven factors from the video, which have you improved upon in your own life during the past year?

Watch VideoAmerican Heart Association’s Life Simple 7- Simple Factors that Impact Health and Quality of LifeDuration: 3:51
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