The American Heart Association regularly releases guidelines for preventing and treating heart disease and stroke.
What do these guidelines mean for you? Should you change your medications? Should you see a doctor for treatment? How do you know if you’re healthy? These are among the questions you’ll find answers to here in the Guidelines Resource Center.
The latest heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines for doctors, released in November 2013 by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology, urge them to help you avoid heart disease and stroke by prescribing drugs called statins for some of you, treating obesity as a disease and giving you other resources to stay healthy.
- Highlights of the four new prevention guidelines
- The new cholesterol guidelines explained
- The new lifestyle guidelines explained
- The new obesity guidelines explained
- The new risk assessment guidelines explained
Understanding the Prevention Guidelines: A Conversation With AHA CEO Nancy Brown, President Mariell Jessup, M.D., and former President Sid Smith, M.D.
Heart disease includes numerous conditions, and the American Heart Association regularly releases guidelines for how to diagnose, treat and prevent these problems.
- Valvular heart disease: New guidelines help doctors assess severity of heart valve disease
- Atrial fibrillation: New guidelines update treatment options for atrial fibrillation
- Fetal cardiac disease: New guidelines aim to improve care for babies with heart problems in the womb
- Ischemic heart disease in women: First set of recommendations in a decade advocate gender-specific approach for women
Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability for Americans. Guidelines from the American Heart Association provide the best scientific evidence for how to treat strokes and how to help people at risk.
- Acute ischemic stroke: Guidelines urge new approach to treating worst strokes
- Stroke prevention in women: Preeclampsia doubles women’s stroke risk, quadruples later high blood pressure risk
- Secondary stroke prevention: Prevent another stroke by keeping blood pressure and lifestyle in check
- Infographic: What the prevention guidelines mean to you
- Cholesterol guidelines: myth vs. truth
- The risk assessment tool your healthcare provider will use under the new guidelines
- African-Americans can receive individualized snapshot of risk
- Answers to common questions about the new prevention guidelines
- Letter to America: Why prevention guidelines matter
- Doctors’ advice on the prevention guidelines
- About 12.8 million more adults eligible for discussions with their physicians to determine if statins are appropriate treatment
Former AHA President Gordon Tomaselli, M.D., who served on the volunteer task force overseeing development of the prevention guidelines, answers basic guidelines questions.