Cardiovascular Disease: A Killer Disease for Women
A report by the Australian Catholic University-Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research suggests that cardiovascular disease remains the number killer disease than cancer (MMIHR, 2017). Furthermore, the Institute suggests that cardiovascular disease has been a major health inequality within the Australian populace and its Indigenous groups. As such, it has been found that the inherent risk, economic status, and limited access to care and treatment options have significantly contributed to health inequality. With these facts in mind, it is important to come up with heart disease campaign that is focused on engaging the community as well as educating the community so as to reduce the deaths caused by cardiovascular diseases. Cardiovascular Disease: A Killer Disease for Women
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As described section 5.1.2 of the UNCC300 module, it is required of one, as a nurse, to ensure that patients receive adequate care for a better community(UNCC300, 2017a, Section 5.1.2). As such, through the utilization of the available resources, it can be possible to overcome the detrimental effects that come with the rise of cardiovascular diseases. Research suggests that there are approximately 31, 000 death cases each year for women who are diagnosed with a cardiovascular disease which is greater compared to the 12,000 deaths per year for women with cancer (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2017). These deaths are actively eliminating a number of women in the Australian community. As nurses, we need to apply the multimodal of being human to others and help the women populace in Australia survive the killer disease. As such, being human entails us to consider the dimensions such as physical, emotional, psychological, social, interpersonal, spiritual, sexual, historical, rational, symbolic, moral, and creative dimensions (UNCC300, 2017, Section 5.2.1).
Overall, statistical data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare suggest that 22 % of adults have been diagnosed with cardiovascular diseases and 1.1 million hospitalizations have been associated with cardiovascular disease. Furthermore, 29% of all causes of death in the year 2014 were linked to cardiovascular diseases. As such, this does not only entail helping women overcome the burden of cardiovascular disease but also the men experience the same. Imperatively, it will be a common good to educate the whole society through a thorough campaign regarding cardiovascular disease. As such, can we allow our counterparts to part ways with us with a menace that we all can prevent? Arguably, reports suggest that 60% of the risk factors associated with cardiovascular diseases can be avoided (Waters, Trinh, Chau, Bourchier, & Moon, 2013). Such risk factors have long been related to the type of diet that the women populace utilize which are designated to the lifestyle of an individual as well as treatable conditions(Stoner, Stoner, Young, & Fryer, 2012).
Conclusively, it is evident that the Australian healthcare system approximately spends $3 billion on a yearly basis to cater for cases CVD in women(Stewart et al., 2016). With these spending, the health care sector can reduce such as the Australian Government must invest more funds in awareness campaigns as well as health promotion campaigns that focus on offering gender-specific guidelines and prevention plans. Additionally, I suggest that the government should provide more funding to research to help in fighting the killer disease. Even though we put more pressure on the government, it is still our duty as human to help others. As a nurse student, I have gained the necessary skills required to help a community in prevention of diseases. With the knowledge acquired, we can engage in small-scale engagement programs (UNCC300, 2017a, Section 3.3.1) that are focused on educating the women to prevent CVD to its chronic levels. Cardiovascular Disease: A Killer Disease for Women
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2017). Cardiovascular disease (AIHW). Retrieved May 11, 2017, from http://www.aihw.gov.au/cardiovascular-disease/
MMIHR. (2017). NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence to Reduce Inequality in Heart Disease. Retrieved May 11, 2017, from https://mmihr.acu.edu.au/research/nhmrc-centre-for-research-excellence-cre-to-reduce-inequality-in-heart-disease/
Stewart, S., Chen, L., Ahamed, Y., Ball, J., Keates, K. A., Pouncy, J., … Atherton, J. (2016). Hidden Hearts: Cardiovascular Risk and Disease in Australian Women Summit- Parliament House. Canberra. Retrieved from https://mmihr.acu.edu.au/events/cardiovascular-risk-and-disease-in-australian-women-summit/
Stoner, L., Stoner, K. R., Young, J. M., & Fryer, S. (2012). Preventing a Cardiovascular Disease Epidemic among Indigenous Populations through Lifestyle Changes. International Journal of Preventive Medicine, 3(4), 230–40.
UNCC300. (2017a). MODULE 1 : COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT. Australian Catholic University.Cardiovascular Disease: A Killer Disease for Women