Guidelines

The American College of Cardiology (ACC), the American Heart Association (AHA) and other organizations work together on an ongoing basis to create guidelines that set the standards of care for the diagnosis, management and prevention of cardiovascular disease.

The guidelines are intended to help you and your health care providers make informed, best-possible decisions regarding your care. Please note that the guidelines are written to meet the needs of most patients. However, everyone is unique, and how the guidelines apply to you should be a key point of discussion between you and your cardiologist.

Although all of the guideline documents are freely available, these documents are often extremely long, and written for the health care provider. To make them easier to understand, here you will find summaries of the key points. We provide links to the full documents on the Journal of the American College of Cardiology's website.

We urge you to review these key points, print them out if you like, and engage your health care provider in a discussion about how the guidelines relate to you and your condition. That is, after all, what being CardioSmart is all about—being empowered to work with your physician in managing your care to ensure the best possible outcome.

Guidelines for Treating Adults with Congenital Heart Disease

This is a summary of the guidelines addressing the standards that doctors should follow in providing care for adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD).
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Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines

This summary of the guidelines addresses the standards your doctor should follow during the initial evaluation and treatment of atrial fibrillation (AFib).

Atrial Fibrillation Guidelines 2014

These guidelines were created to reflect the latest research when it comes to treating atrial fibrillation—an irregular heart rhythm affecting 2.6 million Americans.

Guideline for Treating Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk

This is a summary of the guidelines addressing the standards that doctors should follow in treating blood cholesterol to reduce cardiovascular risk in adults.

Heart Failure Treatment Guidelines

This summary of the guidelines addresses the standards your doctor should follow in the initial evaluation and treatment of heart failure.

Guideline on Lifestyle Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk

This is a summary of the guideline that provides recommendations for heart-healthy lifestyle choices based on the latest research and evidence.

Guidelines for Treating Overweight and Obesity

This is a summary of the guidelines addressing the standards that doctors should follow in providing care for obese adults.

Guideline on the Assessment of Cardiovascular Risk

This is a summary of the guidelines addressing the standards that doctors should follow in assessing risk for cardiovascular disease.

Valvular Heart Disease Treatment Guidelines

This is a summary of the guidelines addressing the standards that doctors should follow in providing care for adults with valvular heart disease.
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Heart Attack Treatment Guidelines

This summary of the guidelines addresses the standards your doctor should follow in the treatment of heart attack.

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