Wednesday, December 18, 2013

NEW: Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Guideline Resources for Patients and Providers

The newest heart disease and stroke prevention guidelines for doctors, released on November 12 by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology urge doctors to help patients avoid heart disease and stroke by prescribing drugs called statins for some, treating obesity as a disease, and providing other resources to help their patients stay healthy. 

Should you change your medications? Should you see a doctor for obesity treatment? How do you know if you’re healthy? These are among the questions patients can find answers to on the American Heart Association's website through their Guideline Resource Center.  Check out the What Guidelines Mean to You infographic.

Providers can join Colorado Foundation for Medical Care for a provider-focused webinar on the new guidelines on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 12:30-1:30 (MT). Robert H. Eckel, MD, FAHA, co-chair of the expert work group responsible for the 2013 Lifestyle Management Guidelines will present. Register now for this informative webinar.

High blood pressure management is a key strategy of the  Million Hearts Initiative, an effort to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes over five years.  Colorado partners including American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology and Colorado Foundation for Medical Care participate in this initiative and you can too. Be one in a million - make your commitment and pledge today.

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