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Leon is a 55-year-old African American male. He’s a nonsmoker and nondrinker, and is a healthy weight for his height. He has a family history of Type 2 diabetes, and the last lipid panel he had was abnormal. On weekends, he coaches a youth baseball team in his community and loves to eat hot dogs and nachos with the children after they play. One month ago, he was seen in the emergency department for chest pain and dyspnea. He eventually had a cardiac catheterization which showed no evidence of coronary artery disease but he did have severe, uncontrolled hypertension. He was discharged on aspirin, thiazide diuretic, and an ACE Inhibitor. He is being seen for hospital follow-up.


  1. Relate Leon’s ethnicity to his risk for hypertension.


  1. Describe the effects of an ACE Inhibitor on the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone


System (RAAS), and why it is appropriate for Leon.


  1. Propose 2 patient education topics you would discuss with Leon.


Critical Thinking Topic Grading Rubric


Maximum Points Earned Points


Provided complete answers to the questions in the assignment 5

Justified ideas and responses by using appropriate examples and references from texts, Web sites, and other references. 3

Used APA 6th edition style guidelines consistently and accurately. Used correct spelling and grammar. Submitted on time. 2


Total 10

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