New heart failure guidelines expand focus on people at risk or showing early signs – AHA

A new set of recommendations aimed at helping doctors prevent and manage heart failure expand the focus on people at risk or showing early signs of the condition.

The latest guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Cardiology and Heart Failure Society of America emphasize the importance of optimizing blood pressure and adhering to a healthy lifestyle to prevent the disease, along with new treatment strategies for people already showing symptoms. The recommendations published in the journal Circulation.

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“In recent years, there has been an increase in rigorous science assessing how best to treat symptomatic heart failure,” writing committee chair Dr. Paul A. Heidenreich said in a news release. He is a cardiologist and professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, as well as chief of medicine at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in California. The new guidelines hopefully will mean better treatment options for a broader number of people, he said.

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