Health Education

1695 Words Apr 7th, 2007 7 Pages
To truly understand what health education is all about, first one must understand the meaning of health itself. The World Health Organization (WHO, 1947) defines health as, "the state of complete mental, physical and social well being not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." A health educator is one who informs people on how to achieve and maintain good health and promotes environmental and lifestyle changes where needed. As a future health educator I completely agree with the World Health Organization's definition, health is not just about being disease-free, it is also about being satisfied with the person you are. In this paper, I am going to talk about what my experiences have been with health education and promotion up until …show more content…
As the arteries narrow, the amount of blood and oxygen reaching the heart muscle are reduced. This can lead to complete stoppage of blood reaching the heart. And of course, if left untreated, you can also die from CAD, as it is the leading cause of death. (NHLBI, 2006) When my mother first got to the hospital she was asked about her medical history as well as her family's medical history, she then went through a series of tests. I found out that those tests were used by the doctors to decide the severity of the CAD. Some of these tests were an electrocardiogram (EKG), echocardiogram, stress test, chest x-ray, and cardiac catheterization. The biggest deal to her was the catheterization; she thought it was too much like a surgery. But, we were able to convince her to go through with it, explaining to her that it was the best thing to do at the time. This is also how the doctors determined she needed the bypass surgery. CAD does not develop overnight, as I stated above, it is a buildup of unhealthy materials in the arteries. There are also risk factors that increase the chances of developing CAD. It is said by the NHLBI (2006) that men are at greater risk of CAD than women are, but that the risk for women also increases once they reach menopause. Most people do not realize how
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