The American Heart Association has released its first heart disease prevention guidelines aimed specifically at women. The guidelines were published in February in the journal Circulation. The focus of these guidelines is to use more real-world experience, rather than just findings from clinical research, which has been used to develop previous guidelines. "It is important to talk to your primary care doctor about your risk factors for heart disease," says Leslie Cho, MD, FACC, director of the Womens Cardiovascular Center at Cleveland Clinic and Editor-in-Chief of Heart Advisor. Having multiple risk factors will help your doctor better determine your best course of treatment.