Congestive Heart Failure

Congestive Heart Failure

Living and Dealing with Congestive Heart Failure
Alexus L. A. White

HCA 301-01 Introduction to Healthcare Organizations
Fall 2014

Jackson State University
College of Public Service
School of Health Sciences
Department of Health Policy and Management

This paper will describe and give a very detailed explanation of how an individual or individuals may suffer from the heart disease, Congestive Heart Failure. Initially, a scenario will be given on one individual’s life and how they became aware of their condition. The scenario will be followed by: the actual definition and explanation of Congestive Heart Failure; the causes of Congestive Heart Failure; who the disease affects—age, race, and gender wise; its signs and symptoms; how to remain alert and know when to seek help; and finally, its prevention and treatment methods. The point of interest will also be discussed and a position will be taken as to why this disease is of importance and should not be overlooked as it relates to healthcare and its entirety.

Living and Dealing with Congestive Heart Failure
Imagine being an active 30-year-old. You work full-time as a party planner. You coach your daughter’s swim team and you volunteer as a youth leadership facilitator and group leader at your church. Most days, your schedule starts at about 4 a.m. and will typically end at 10 p.m. Rest obviously is not part of your usual routine, and suddenly your body decides to take an unexpected journey. At first, your symptoms—coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and fatigue—appear to be caused by a cold virus that has turned into bronchitis and then double pneumonia. Over the next two weeks, you visit the emergency room and find a primary care doctor who recommends follow ups at a clinic every few days to monitor your condition. Although you are taking medications to treat your symptoms, they are growing worse by the minute. You go back...

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