Understanding the Guidelines



You may have recently heard that the American Heart Association recently released new guidelines on Heart Disease and Stroke prevention and treatment.  The guidelines (Lifestyle, Obesity, Cholesterol, and Risk Assessment) will impact millions of Americans and help them live healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  


We want to make it easy for you to understand these guidelines, and we have a lot of resources to help explain them so you can be more informed. 


First, please see this link to Understanding the Guidelines.  This is a taped conversation our CEO Nancy Brown had with Dr. Sid Smith, Chair of the Guideline Committee; and Dr. Mariell Jessup, President of American Heart Association.  The video is about 25 minutes, and offers an inside look on how and why we published the guidelines, and how they’ll impact patients. 


Next, is a Video FAQ featuring our past president Dr. Gordon Tomaselli.  Gordon does an excellent job breaking down some of the most common questions we’ve received about the guidelines.  This video lasts about eight minutes.


Finally, Nancy Brown wrote a blog post on the Huffington Post separating the myths from truth in the media coverage regarding these new guidelines. 


These guidelines are an excellent example of our ability to save and improve lives in communities across the country.  Please let us know what you think of them!

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