Meet our three patients and get basic information about heart attacks.
Get introduced to Brian and the circumstances that led to his emergency.
Meet Angela, who starts out the new year with trip to the emergency room.
Investigate each patient's medical details and apply evidence to make decisions about their condition and treatment.
Personal choices are part of everyday life. Whether choosing what to wear in the morning, what to have for lunch, or which college to attend, our days are filled with decisions. Do we approach decision-making in a systematic and organized way? Perhaps not often enough, particularly when making decisions that affect our health, or that of our family members.
Using examples related to cardiovascular health, the Scientific Decision-making unit helps high school and middle school students learn how to make evidence-based decisions.
Complete Teacher's Guide and Supplement
Students investigate evidence-based decision-making, using examples related to cardiovascular health. (7 activities)
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Supplementary Activities on the Cardiovascular System
Students explore the cardiovascular system and coronary artery disease, and learn about the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. (3 activities)
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Decisions and Risk
Students practice evidence-based decision-making by examining a simple choice. They estimate and rank the risks of dying from a variety of causes, and compare their estimates to actual data.View this lesson Download PDF Video
Students learn how to apply evidence to make informed decisions as they identify the best solutions for problems confronting the characters featured in a series of complex scenarios.View this lesson Download PDF Video
Introduction to Personal Stories (case studies)
Students are introduced to Arturo, Brian and Angela. Each character experiences a health crisis that could be related to cardiovascular disease.View this lesson Download PDF Video
Heart: Basic Measurements
Students explore heart-related data, such as blood pressure and oxygen saturation, and learn basic information about the heart and circulatory system.View this lesson Download PDF Video
Calculating Coronary Artery Disease Risk
Students learn about risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart attack, strategies for lowering those risks, and the importance of doing so.View this lesson Download PDF Video
Team Diagnosis of Three Cases
Students work in teams and take on the role of medical personnel to analyze symptoms, order diagnostic tests, and determine the nature of the health crises experienced by three "patients."View this lesson Download PDF Video
Comparative Effectiveness Decision-making Tools
Students use information from real patient decision aids to determine if a supplemental drug treatment is advisable for "patients" in three case studies.View this lesson Download PDF Video
Heart and Circulation: Outside and Inside
Students explore the human heart and circulatory system. To promote deeper understanding of key concepts, the activity also includes a procedure for observing preserved sheep hearts.View this lesson Download PDF Video
Coronary Artery Disease Model
Students investigate coronary artery disease (CAD), create a model of how CAD progresses, and conduct a poster presentation of their research findings.View this lesson Download PDF
Is It a Heart Attack?
Students compile a list of warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack, and view a video showing what happens immediately before, during and after a heart attack.View this lesson Download PDF
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