Week 1 CheckPoint: Health Decisions and the Biopyschosocial Model Hypertension or high blood pressure runs in my family. There are about eight people in my family with this condition that I know of. It was confirmed that I too had this condition during a routine doctor visit about eight years ago. During this visit, my doctor inquired about my family history and spoke to me about ways to treat it, including several changes in my lifestyle and eating habits. My treatment plan included a prescription for methyldopa (to be taken twice a day), exercise and a low sodium diet. By following my doctor’s orders and taking my medication as prescribed, I am decreasing my risk of death, heart disease, kidney disease and stroke. However, it is believed that treating hypertension will be a lifelong process for me as this condition runs in my family. Psychological factors that influenced my health decision to seek medical attention were the facts that I was having severe headaches and remembered that this was one of the symptoms that my
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This note was uploaded on 09/14/2011 for the course HCA 250 hca 250 taught by Professor Axiacollege during the Spring '10 term at University of Phoenix.