(HealthCastle.com) A new guideline for heart disease prevention was published on May 16, 2006 by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Endorsed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the new guideline is intended to manage risk factors which enhances survival, reduces recurrent events and the need for intervention procedures, and improves the quality of life for coronary heart disease patients. This new guideline was co-published in the Circulation Journal as well as the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Summary of the new Heart Disease Prevention Guidelines
Avoid second-hand smoke
< 140/90 mm Hg
< 130/80 mm Hg if patient has diabetes or chronic kidney disease
Men < 40 inches
Women < 35 inches
HbA1C < 7 percent
Message: To treat high blood cholesterol, the National Cholesterol Education Program NCEP recommends following the TLC diet (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes Diet). To lower blood pressure, the NHLBI recommends following the DASH Diet.
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