Although during the week of October 26th to November 3rd consisted of only two class periods, I learned a lot. This particular week covered the cardiovascular system, as well as tested our knowledge on the heart diagram. In addition, the class was assigned a case study where students were given a real life situation and students had to identify/diagnose the potential problems of an elderly couple given their daily routines. At the end of the week, I learned about the cardiovascular and respiratory system’s diseases and began the EKG lab where we learned the basics to a healthy and unhealthy heart beat.
Through the cardiovascular system web quest, Ms. Kahn provided a link from The Franklin Institute along with some guiding questions to learn more about the blood vessels, the right and left atrium and ventricles, the aorta, and a lot more!
The lab the class completed, which was my favorite assignment this week, was the case study. The case study was titled “A Healthy Retirement?” and revolved around an elderly couple. Each individual had some health risks. With Jim being overweight, smoking, having high blood pressure, and being 68 years old; and with Nancy being overweight, being easily tired, having a history of osteoporosis, and having high glucose levels, both Jim and Nancy were at risk of heart disease, lung cancer, diabetes, and stroke. I liked this lab particularly being it gave me an opportunity to tap inside the job of a doctor and diagnose patients with certain risks based on their living habits. Not only did I learn to pay close attention to details, but I also got a real life experience of being a doctor.
Throughout this week, we learned about the cardiovascular system. A current event revolving this topic is from EurekAlert!, titled “Study suggests potential connection between low blood sugar and cardiovascular problems.” Newly released on November 3rd, 2015, this article discusses how the body responds to cardiovascular stress and that the cardiovascular system is compromised during episodes of hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is “when the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood is too low. Hypoglycemia occurs most often in diabetics who must inject insulin periodically to lower their blood sugar.” So, all in all, this study points out the potential risks of restricting one’s diet because it leads to low blood sugar, and low blood sugar can affect the heart’s functions. A solution to this problem is to eat a healthy and balanced diet.