2018 Cholesterol Guidelines for Heart Health Announced

2018 Cholesterol Guidelines for Heart Health Announced

Newswise – A working group composed of two Johns Hopkins Medicine physicians and their American Heart Association colleagues has published cholesterol as a way to minimize risk for heart attack, stroke and death.

The new recommendations, released at the 2018 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions on Nov. 10 in Chicago, advocate for more aggressive treatment with statin therapy in specific instances, while encouraging a more personalized approach to address a heart-healthy lifestyle and better collaboration decision-making between clinicians and their patients. The guidelines incorporate new research findings since the last guidelines were released in 2013.

"These new guidelines do not cover the shortcomings of the 2013 guidelines," says Roger Blumenthal, MD, the Kenneth Jay Pollin Professor in Cardiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. "There is a greater emphasis on lifestyle, risk assessment improvements for those at high risk for having a future life-threatening cardiovascular event."

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