Understanding the New Prevention Guidelines

Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Guidelines for Doctors

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 be on statins? 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 on the Guideline Resource Center.

The information on this page should tell you everything you need to know about the cardiovascular prevention guidelines, which were released Nov. 12 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. The new guidelines focus on the very important areas of obesity, cholesterol,  lifestyle and risk assessment. For a simple illustration of the guideline highlights, check out this What Guidelines Mean to You infographic.

Here are some helpful links:

  • Video: Understanding the Guidelines: A Conversation With American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown, President Mariell Jessup, M.D., and former President Sid Smith, M.D.


  • Video: Former American Heart Association President Gordon Tomaselli, M.D., who served on the volunteer task force overseeing development of the guidelines, answers basic guidelines questions, including what they are, how they were developed and what the big takeaway message is.
  • Here is a story providing a simple overview of each of the four prevention treatment guidelines were released, covering cholesterol, obesity, lifestyle and risk assessment. Here is a look at the highlights of each.


Source: American Heart Association