Posted on March 1, 2011 by Sonya Feinberg Addo, MPH
The American Heart Association released an update to their guidelines for CVD prevention in women. The 2011 guidelines provide a greater focus on keeping patients healthy, rather than treating disease. Changes in the guidelines include:
- New recommendation of “pregnancy as a stress test.” See The Wall Street Journal article, “Problems in Pregnancy Signal Future Health Risks.”
- Low risk patients are categorized as “Optimum Health”
- New geriatrics section
- New lupus as a CVD co-morbidity, focus on CVD prevention in lupus patients
- New recommendation of supplemental fish oils for high risk women
- High dose aspirin risk benefit analysis for high risk women
- Greater emphasis on cultural diversity and sensitivity
View and print the 2011 Guidelines from Circulation here.
View and print the 2011 Guidelines Summary here.
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Posted on May 21, 2010 by Sonya Feinberg Addo, MPH
Posted on March 9, 2010 by Sonya Feinberg Addo, MPH
Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, Journal of the American Heart Association published a review of the 2007 update to the AHA guidelines for cardiovascular disease prevention in women by assigning 161,808 Women’s Health Initiative participants ages 50 to 79 to risk categories as perscribed in the guidelines, and then analyzed clinical event rates within and between strata.
- AHA guidelines predicted coronary events with accuracy similar to current Framingham risk categories
- AHA guidelines predicted coronary events less well than proposed Framingham10-year risk categories of less than 5%, 5% to 20%, and more than 20%
- Risk stratification as proposed in the 2007 AHA guideline is simple, accessible to patients and providers, and identifies cardiovascular risk with accuracy similar to that of the current Framingham algorithm
Click here to read the full article.
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