I need to respond to one of my peer’s discussion posts. (2 paragraphs)
the topic is the treatment for heart failure (NOT DEFINITION OF THE HEART FAILURE)
She wrote:
“To ease the patient’s suffering, treatment of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease or atherosclerosis would be an appropriate intervention based on her medical history, signs, and symptoms, and current illness. According to Marchio et al., 2019, atherosclerosis is caused by endothelium damage, which occurs when smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, fats, and cholesterol in the blood block the flow of blood. Damage to the endothelium causes substances called plaque to grow on the artery wall. Even though it is a riskier disease, it can be controlled through various interventions, such as a change in lifestyle. For example, people are required to take a healthy diet that has low saturated fats and cholesterol free. Exercise is the key to lowering blood sugar levels and reducing weight for obese people (Marchio et al., 2019). For smokers, quitting is the most effective method of curing the disease. Treating conditions linked to atherosclerosis like high cholesterol and hypertension are also essential.
The ACC/AHA guideline highlights different guidelines on the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. Referencing these guidelines, the patient can be prescribed a range of medications such as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, acetylsalicylic acid, and regimes to lower her blood pressure. The patient can be prescribed aspirin but in a low dose for approximately ten days and moderate statin therapies with drugs like Crestor (Rosuvastatin) and Lipitor (Atorvastatin) (Byrne et al., 2019). To reduce her high blood pressure level therapies such as long-acting ACE inhibitors or Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) should be included in her prescription. The practitioner should also look for other combinations such as calcium antagonists in her prescription. A combination of these medications would alleviate her suffering from atherosclerosis and control major hypertension/comorbidities that she is experiencing. “

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