New Guidelines Change Approach to Heart Disease, Stroke Prevention

The focus is shifting from reaching targets to lowering risks.

You may be hearing more from your doctor about your overall risk for heart disease and stroke in the months ahead, and a little less about reaching specific goals. Your blood pressure, cholesterol levels and other risk factors are still important, but the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) are saying they need to be considered as part of your overall cardiovascular risk profile, rather than isolated targets.
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