Understanding the New Guidelines

Updated:Jul 14,2015
Guideline Resource Center

New study shows cholesterol combination significantly reduced cardiovascular risks
Adding a drug called ezetimibe to statin therapy significantly reduced the risk of heart attack and stroke in high-risk patients with established heart disease, according to a long-awaited, large, randomized and controlled trial presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014.

The newest heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines for doctors 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.

So what does that mean for you? Should you change your medications? Should you see a doctor for obesity treatment? How do you know if you’re healthy? These are among the questions you’ll find answers to here in the Guideline Resource Center.  

What Guidelines Mean to You InfographicThe new guidelines focus on the very important areas of: 

  • Cholesterol
  • Lifestyle
  • Obesity
  • Risk assessment

The cardiovascular prevention guidelines were released in November 2013 by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. These guidelines are basically recommendations for healthcare providers across the nation, created through years of scientific research.







Risk Assessment


Additional Resources:

Understanding the Guidelines: A Conversation With AHA CEO Nancy Brown, President Mariell Jessup, M.D., and former President Sid Smith, M.D.Former AHA President Gordon Tomaselli, M.D., who served on the volunteer task force overseeing development of the guidelines, answers basic guidelines questions.


Assessing Your Health

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Improving Your Health

Lowering your cholesterol
What your cholesterol levels mean

Tips to overcome obesity
Healthy eating

Physical activity
Lowering blood pressure
Controlling blood sugar
Quit smoking

Taking Care of Yourself

Tips on visiting your doctor
Taking your medications