Understanding the New Guidelines

Updated:Nov 3,2015
Guideline Resource Center

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.

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.


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.

Additional Resources:

Former AHA President Gordon Tomaselli, M.D., who served on the volunteer task force overseeing development of the prevention guidelines, answers basic guidelines questions.


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