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Prevention Guidelines

ACC AHA Guidelines

The ACC and the American Heart Association (AHA), in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and other specialty societies, have released four guidelines focused on the assessment of cardiovascular risk, lifestyle modifications to reduce cardiovascular risk and management of elevated blood cholesterol and body weight in adults.

Tools and Resources

Expert Commentary

  • A Clinician’s Guide to the Updated ABCs of CVD Prevention (J Am Heart Assoc)
    —Roger Blumenthal, Dyslipidemia Community Editor
  • Perspectives on Hypertension External Link
    —Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, FACC, president of the ACC, and William J. Oetgen, MD, MBA, FACC, executive vice president of Science, Education and Quality of the ACC
  • Cholesterol Guideline Updates: New Tables and Figures External Link
    —Michael Mansour, MD, FACC, chair of ACC's Board of Governors
  • Top 10 Misconceptions About the New Prevention Guidelines (2/6) External Link
    —Nathan Wong, PhD, Michael Blaha, MD, MPH
  • Should I Take Statins to Lower Cholesterol? The Opportunity for Patient Choice (2/4) External Link
    —Henry H. Ting, MD, MBA, FACC
  • Tsunami of Guidelines: Waves of Controversy Greets New Documents (CSWN) (12/19)
  • Lancet Commentary Calls for Focus on Risk Factors (12/6)
    —John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC
  • Getting a Grasp of the Guidelines (12/6)
    —Neil J. Stone, MD, FACC, Jennifer Robinson, MD, and David C. Goff, Jr., MD, PhD
  • New Guidelines Focus on Treating the Whole Patient, Not Just a Number (11/20)
    —Nathan Wong, PhD
  • The New 2013 Risk Prediction Calculator: More Flawed Than the Old Calculator? (11/19)
    —Erin Michos, MD
  • How About a Worldwide Effort to Collaborate on Developing Guidelines? (11/19)
    —Seth Martin, MD
  • New Guideline and Tools Intended to Drive Discussions About Individual Risks and Treatments (11/18)
    —John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC
  • What to Know About the New Lipid Guidelines (11/18) —Harlan Krumholz, MD Video
  • Guidelines Buzz at AHA 2013 (11/18)
    —Peter Block and Chris Cannon
  • New ACC/AHA Prevention Guidelines Serve as a Bridge to a Unique Collaboration With NHLBI (11/12) —John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC
  • Clinical Documents

  • Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults
  • Guideline for the Management of Overweight and Obese Adults
  • Guideline for Lifestyle Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk
  • Assessment of Cardiovascular Risk
  • New ACC/AHA/CDC Scientific Advisory on an Effective Approach to High BP Control
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