New Heart Disease Prevention Guidelines published by the American Heart Association

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Published in May 2006

( 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

  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid second-hand smoke
Blood Pressure
  • < 140/90 mm Hg
  • < 130/80 mm Hg if patient has diabetes or chronic kidney disease
Blood Cholesterol
Physical Activity
  • 30 mins, 7 days a week (min 5 days)
  • encourage resistance training 2 days a week
  • BMI 18.5 to 24.9 kg/m2
  • Waist circumference:
    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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