The American Heart Association regularly releases guidelines and scientific statements 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? You’ll find answers 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, former 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.
- Guidelines update: Heart failure prevention possible with new tests
- First fainting guidelines issued to diagnose life-threatening heart conditions
- Better valve, better procedure among new guidelines for heart valve disease
- PAD patients should take statins, blood thinners
- Two new drugs added to heart failure guidelines
- Guidelines revise how long certain heart disease patients should receive a blood-thinning drug combination
- Guidelines first to focus on children with pulmonary hypertension
- Cardiac arrest: New resuscitation guidelines update CPR chest pushes
- Cardiac arrest: Mobile phones should be used to speed help to cardiac arrest victims, guidelines say
- Cardiac arrest: Guidelines call for stronger, more coordinated cardiac arrest response
- 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
- Cardiovascular risk calculator from American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association
- Study raises questions about risk calculations for heart disease, stroke
- Infographic: What the prevention guidelines mean to you
- Cholesterol guidelines: myth vs. truth
- 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.
The American Heart Association publishes scientific statements explaining research on heart disease and stroke.
- The future of heart disease prevention? How your genome expresses itself
- U.S. heart patients, economy could suffer without more medical research funding
- Doctors’ orders should include tailored health education for patients
- New guidance on heart failure tests can improve care
- Kawasaki disease: Clues but still no clear cause for rare heart disease in kids
- Many heart patients aren’t prescribed cardiac rehabilitation, despite benefits
- Fish oil supplements provide some benefit after heart attack, heart failure
- New blood thinners require preparation to manage bleeding risk
- When you eat and how frequently may benefit heart health
- Successful pregnancy possible for some women with high-risk congenital heart disease
- ‘Silent strokes’ found accidentally need treatment, statement says
- Preferences should be ingredient in healthy eating
- High blood pressure linked to higher risk of cognitive impairment
- Sleep important to heart, brain health
- Experts urge zero tolerance for secondhand cigarette smoke exposure in kids
- Kids and added sugars: How much is too much?
- Sensitivity to salt emerging as cardiovascular risk factor
- Commonly used drugs may cause, worsen heart failure
- Mobile devices, social media may improve emergency heart, stroke care