Case Study



Question:How do age, lifestyle and diet choices affect medicinal activity andtreatment of heart failure disease?

Thisis an etiology based question aimed at finding the exact cause(s) ofthe heart failure condition and how each one of these factorsinfluences recovery and treatment. In this case study, these seem tobe the factors in play leading to the improper action of theprescribed drugs (Chamberlain College of Nursing, n.d). Age affectsthe rate of cell development and rate of replacement of worn outcells. On the other hand, lifestyle affects energy consumption rates.In addition, diet combinations can either enhance healing or worsenthe patient’s condition over time. These factors work together orindependently to affect the effect of drugs on a heart failurepatient. Weight gain for instance, can be directly linked to pooreating habits. Young and energetic patients who do enough exerciseand eat proper diets are bound to recover faster after diagnosis andcommencing of treatment and vice versa.

Question:What is the role of the patient in ensuring efficient treatment ofheart failure disease?

Thisis a treatment based question aimed at establishing theresponsibilities of a heart failure patient in the course ofmedication. Considering the case study, the patient does take theprescribed drugs as instructed by the doctor (Chamberlain College ofNursing, n.d). However, the patient does not consider healthy eatingas part of treatment and so goes ahead to take unhealthy food. Inaddition, the patient decides not to exercise claiming that his jobis straining enough for anymore exercise. It is clear from the studyas the doctor recommends lifestyle change together with theprescribed medication for the patient’s recovery. It is upon thepatient to adjust to a healthy lifestyle and incorporate proper dietif the medication is to work properly.


ChamberlainCollege of Nursing (n.d). Week2 for Threaded Discussion.