The population issue that I presented was the Heart disease. This refers to the class of diseases which entail the blood vessels, the heart or a combination of such. This is any of the disorder or disease relating to the cardiovascular system, mainly cardiac disease as well as the vascular disease of kidney and brain. This also involves the disease which affects the peripheral arteries. The heart disease is mainly caused by hypertension and atherosclerosis or a combination of both. Aging is also associated with morphological and physiological changes which alters the functioning of the cardiovascular system. This will therefore lead to higher risks of cardiovascular disease in adults at an older age as well as in asymptomatic individuals (Levy, 2006).
Atherosclerosis refers to the condition where plaque builds up on the walls of the arteries, making them narrow, a condition which also makes blood difficult to flow through the arteries. The blood may clot in the arteries, causing stroke or heart attack. The muscle of the heart where the blood clots dies if not attended to immediately.
The stroke may also occur when the blood supply to the brain is terminated by blockage of the blood vessels which supply blood to the brain. This condition is called ischemic stroke. This leads to the failure of the brain to perform functions like talking and walking. This happens due to the death of brain cells. This kind of stroke is commonly as a result of uncontrolled hypertension.
Heart disease may also be characterized by enlargement of the heart muscles. This makes it difficult for the heart to pump blood due to overworking of the left ventricle (DeSilva, 2013). High blood pressure and prolonged athletic training may lead to enlargement of the heart. This condition is characterized by chest pains, dizziness and fainting.
The heart disease may also be manifested in the form of valve disorders interrupting the smooth flow of blood in and out of the heart chambers. These disorders may lead to dizziness and difficulties in breathing. This due to narrowing of the valves or obstruction making blood flow difficult.
Heart disease is a significant population health issue due to the impact it has on the overall health of individuals. The heart disease greatly influences and affects all the systems of the human system due to the fact the heart pumps blood to all parts of the body. The heart disease, therefore requires immediate attention in order to control and take care of the functioning of the human body and systems.
The heart disease requires close attention in order to ensure that the brain functions properly. This is of the essence in that it controls motion and speech which are very crucial functions of the human body. The brain also serves the purpose of memory, therefore the heart disease should be carefully monitored, prevented and treated with immediate effect.
The significance of heart disease is also indicted by the fact that heart attack or stroke affects the breathing system and the respiratory system in general. This makes it difficult for an individual to live or perform their daily activities and operations. Curbing heart disease will play a crucial role in ensuring that the respiratory and breathing systems of an individual functions properly. The difficulties in breathing and the exchange of gases will also be regulated with ease (DeSilva, 2013).
Heart disease is also important in that it helps understand the interconnection of heart and the whole system of the human being. This therefore enables an individual learn the measures to put in place in order to prevent heart failure and attacks which may be fatal if not controlled. The individuals will therefore learn the precautions of preventing heart disease and related illnesses and disorders. The issues relating to heart disease are also important in understanding the diets to take in order to prevent heart problems.
The lifestyles of individuals are one of the major challenges in addressing the issue of heart disease. The heart diseases are very common, especially in individuals who consume foods high in cholesterol while they does not engage in physical exercise in order to burn the calories. This therefore leads to high blood pressure, which further leads to heart diseases. It is very difficult to control the kind of diets the individuals each individual consume thereby making it difficult to prevent and regulate the levels of heart diseases in individuals.
The aspects of pollution in the environment are also a major challenge or barrier in curbing the issue of heart disease. This is due to the fact pollution leads to disorders of the breathing system and respiratory system, making it difficult for the heart to function properly as a result of low concentration of oxygen. This poses a great threat to the menace of heart diseases, making prevention and control difficult.
The aspects relating to the age of individuals also contributes highly to the difficulty in prevention and control of heart diseases. This therefore makes it necessary to conduct further investigation of aspects relating to age, sex and pollution as far as heart diseases and complications are concerned. Lack or inadequate health facilities make it difficult and challenging to carry out investigations relating to the heart diseases.
In the context of disseminating information used several means to ensure that the audience got the information clearly by fully capturing their attention. The mains means I used to disseminate information was based on PowerPoint presentations in order to explain the literature concerning heart disease and its impact on the population health. This enabled me to deliver the relevant facts and diagrams as well as illustrations concerning the heart disease in order to educate the public on how to manage their health so as to prevent and reduce the effects of heart ailments in the community and at the personal level. The PowerPoint presentation served a crucial purpose in delivering quality and quantitative information to the audience through illustrations and pictures to enhance understanding and comprehension.
The use of brochures and leaflets also helped me to circulate information to the audience since the people in the seminar could easily trace and confirm technical issues on the brochures. This also enabled the audience to easily understand the processes and complications of the heart disease as well as the general impact on the health of the population. The brochures contained the brief information concerning the heart disease and the ways to prevent and manage it in the whole population so as to facilitate a healthy population. This also enabled the audience to identify areas which need clarification and further elaboration for them to clear manage and handle heart diseases and the population health in general.
The use of videos and public address system also enabled me to disseminate facts and information to the audience with ease. This was very effective in capturing their attention by demonstrating the victims of the heart diseases showing the effects and impact of such disease on their individual lives and the population in general. This mode of presentation also played an important role in enabling me to show the ways to prevent and manage the heart disease through physical activities and healthy diet management. The visual presentation of the heart complications also helped the audience to fully understand the causes and the impact of heart disease on their individual health as well as the population health also used the public address system to project my voice so that the whole crowd could clear hear me speak to them about the effects of heart disease to the population health in general (Shekelle, 2011).
The audience of my presentation was about five hundred people who attended and participated in the education about heart disease and population health. The presentation went on so well in that in that the audience was very interactive and participatory enabling me to have a smooth time in elaborating the whole aspect and topic of heart disease in relation to the population health. The session of asking and answering questions from the audience was very interesting because it enabled me to create grounds for further research on the population health.
On my future programs will make improvements, especially on the part of public address system as well as provision of enough time to the audience to air their views pertaining to an issue being presented. The public address requires improvement on my future programs in order to promote audibility therefore facilitating smooth communication with the audience should also incorporate the use of social media so as to enable the audience to access the relevant pages and sites so as to give them access to the relevant information pertaining to the topics of study being presented.
The participants expressed their understanding and comprehension of the information concerning the heart disease and the whole issue of population health. The participants showed understanding by asking questions concerning how to handle the heart disease as well as how to practice a healthy lifestyle. The participants responded positively by exposing to me other health issues which are related to heart disease which they faced at their individual levels. The participants also expressed their acquiring of new information by carefully asking and probing the necessary measures they should put in place in order to minimize the cases of heart disease in their lives. This indicates in-depth understanding and comprehension of the topic of study since they went to an extent of asking very detailed questions pertaining to heart disease as a component of the population health.
This project enabled me to understand fully how to attract the attention of the audience and also realizing the importance of interacting with the audience so as to facilitate proper and smooth communication of information. The interactive sessions also helped me to understand the areas of population health that require further research since the audience clearly brought out the health challenges they facing. This therefore acts as grounds for further analysis and research so as to attend to their views with both qualitative and quantitative evidence and facts. The project also enabled me to understand the easiest and convenient means of presenting information to the public while at the same time ensuring professionalism (Lewis, 2012).
The project very successful, especially in relation to the aspects of public address system. This enabled the information to be clearly transmitted to the audience with ease. The topic about heart disease was therefore well understood as shown by the positive response and many questions from the population.
In the future will provide enough brochures and video facilities in order to enhance the illustration of complex issues with the help of diagrams and action pictures. The literature to be presented to the audience should also be fully organized so as to fit the timeframe available to teach the audience all the necessary details (Totten, 2011). The future programs should also involve follow up activities and monitoring of individuals through social media so as to enable them access such crucial information on a regular basis so as to improve their health.
Dissemination of information is very important in ensuring that all people have access to education pertaining to their health at the lowest cost possible. This will help them have knowledge which is necessary in the prevention of dangerous diseases and causes of disability in the population. The provision of information will help to reduce the problems related to inequality and inequities by ensuring individuals have access to the right channels to access health facilities without unnecessary exploitation (Temple, 2012). This will also help boost the living standards of individuals by training them in the relevant ways of preventing and managing diseases without having to attend to hospitals. The population health will therefore improve due to availability of the necessary information on prevention and control of various issues pertaining to the population health.
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