Updated guidance on risk assessment, cholesterol, obesity, lifestyle management.
UC Irvine Health heart disease specialists fully support new guidelines for the American public for prevention of cardiovascular disease by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. These guidelines, which were released today (Nov. 12), include revised standards for cardiovascular disease risk assessment, cholesterol, obesity and lifestyle management.
“These long-awaited documents were developed by a panel of national experts using the strictest evidence-based methodology to provide updated guidance on what clinicians should be doing to best identify persons at risk for cardiovascular disease,” said Dr. Nathan D. Wong, professor and director of the Heart Disease Prevention Program at UC Irvine and immediate past president of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology. He was not involved with the development of the guidelines.
“They are based on a large body of research evidence from the past two decades and in some cases, such as with cholesterol treatment, reflect the first significant revised guidelines in more than a decade,” he added.
Research done by Wong and his colleagues over the past two decades, and in collaboration with experts around the country has helped to support some of the new guidelines.
“Some of the new approaches being recommended will require a change in culture in order to be successfully implemented,” said Dr. Shaista Malik, medical director of UC Irvine Health’s Preventive Cardiology Program. “We plan to support these new guidelines and help educate our patients and the public as to their necessity and importance.”
“These important new practice guidelines address how best to identify persons at increased risk of cardiovascular disease, who specifically should be taking cholesterol-lowering treatment, the latest recommendations for managing obesity, and what evidence-based lifestyle measures should be used for prevention of cardiovascular disease,” Wong added. Revised blood pressure guidelines are in development and will be released later.