Dear America Letter

Dear America,

More than half of you will likely suffer a cardiac event.  One in every three of you will die of cardiovascular disease.  We don’t share these statistics to alarm you.  We share them to arm you.  We want you to have the knowledge you need to avoid becoming a statistic.

The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology recently published new prevention guidelines for cardiovascular risk assessment and treatment.  These guidelines are based on rigorous scientific reviews and provide significant tools so doctors can provide the best individualized care.

What does this mean for you?  Many things will stay the same.  Healthy eating, physical activity and not smoking are still the best ways to stay healthy.  And talking to your doctor is still the first step on the path to healthier living. The guidelines make sure that conversation is informed by scientific research reviewed by expert panels.

For the first time in a major guideline, we focus on estimating risk for both heart attacks AND strokes.  The guidelines, also for the first time, provide estimates applicable to African-Americans, who face greater risks for heart disease and stroke than other groups.

Physicians are learning more about the guidelines, but you can do your part.  Know your numbers, then manage your risk, and talk to your doctor about what’s right for you.  Arm yourself with knowledge to help live a healthier life free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

To get started, visit our Guideline Resource Center.

American Heart Association