Do the benefits of lowering cholesterol outweigh the risks of taking medication?

A PATIENT CONVERSATION ON CHOLESTEROL

You are a Physician’s Assistant and you are set to meet with a patient to talk about his cholesterol panel.  The patient, Mr. Brown, is a 56 year old male who leads a largely sedentary lifestyle.  He has admitted, in a previous visit, that his favorite activity is sitting on the couch and eating snacks while watching sports.  He has also expressed concerns that you would try to drastically change his lifestyle (which he does not want to do) if his tests came back high.

 

The panel that came back on Mr. Brown contains the following results:

Test  Result

Triglycerides  145 mg/dL

Cholesterol  210 mg/dL

HDL  33 mg/dL

LDL  160 mg/dL

Report the results to Mr. Brown – be sure to tell him his exact numbers.  SHOULD BE IN FIRST PERSON AS YOU TALK TO HIM

Interpret the results for Mr. Brown – are the results normal? Abnormal?

What are the normal/abnormal ranges for each test? 

What are triglycerides?  

What is cholesterol?  

What are LDL and HDL?    

Where is cholesterol produced?  

What are the causes of high cholesterol?  

What are the treatments for reducing high cholesterol?  

What are the side effects of medication for treating high cholesterol?  

Do the benefits of lowering cholesterol outweigh the risks of taking medication?  

What options exist for a person to try and reduce his/her cholesterol without taking medication?  

How would you alleviate any fears Mr. Brown may have regarding his condition?  

What recommendations would you make to Mr. Brown knowing his concerns?

What approach would you take to encourage him to make any necessary lifestyle changes?

PAPER GUIDELINES APA FORMAT

3-4 pages (approximately 900–1200 words not including title page or references), doublespaced, typed, 12-point Times New Roman font.  

You may choose to write your paper in the format of a script (like a movie or television show)  

Use simple terminology and avoid jargon  

Use real-life analogies to explain the issues  

Provide references in APA format as appropriate

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