Primary Cardiovascular Prevention: 2019 ACC/AHA Guideline Update

April 17, 2019

Eighty percent of all cardiovascular events are preventable. The ACC/AHA 2019 guidelines are a single source of best practices to help achieve that goal. Review them here, at-a-glance.

In a commentary on the 2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, guideline co-chair Roger Blumenthal, MD and colleagues emphasize 3 “overarching central recommendations” that apply to all ASCVD prevention efforts: Adopting a team-based approach; engaging patients in shared decision making; and, addressing social determinants of health to inform optimal treatment. The guideline framework is simple but adherence to the recommendations can have far-reaching effects on US morbidity and mortality. Each of the slides below offers a snapshot of one key prevention principle.