New Heart Disease Prevention Guidelines


The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released four cardiovascular prevention guidelines Tuesday, Nov. 12, providing evidence-based guidance to help healthcare providers provide the best care to their patients in the areas of cholesterol, obesity, lifestyle and risk-assessment.

Below is an overview of the new guidelines:

  • Obesity should be managed and treated like a disease (learn more)
  • More Americans could benefit from statins (cholesterol-lowering drugs) (learn more)
  • New guideline outlines the best dietary pattern and exercise for heart health (learn more)
  • New risk equations add African-Americans and stroke risk (learn more)

Watch American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown, President Mariell Jessup, M.D., and former President Sid Smith, M.D., discuss the new guidelines.


Over the coming months and Go Red For Women will offer new resources to help healthcare providers and patients alike better understand how to incorporate these recommendations to help prevent heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular issues.

These cardiovascular prevention guidelines reflect the latest views of scientific and medical experts on how to prevent heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and 4 killers in the U.S. These guidelines are the result of experts poring over hundreds of clinical research studies and then developing recommendations about what works best, equipping doctors across the country to provide the most up-to-date care.

“These new guidelines represent the best of what scientific research can tell us about how to prevent heart disease and stroke,” said American Heart Association president Mariell Jessup, M.D., medical director of the Penn Medicine Heart and Vascular Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. “These recommendations will help guide the clinical decisions doctors make every day to protect their patients from two of the nation’s biggest killers.”

The guidelines are based on rigorous, comprehensive, systematic evidence reviews originally sponsored by the federal National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology worked with other professional groups in finalizing these guidelines, and multiple stakeholder organizations were invited to review and endorse the final documents.

Get more information and answers to major questions on the new heart disease guidelines on Go Red.