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US experts revise heart treatment guidelines

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7553.1293-a (Published 01 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1293
  1. Janice Tanne
  1. New York

    Doctors should be more aggressive in treating patients with coronary and other atherosclerotic vascular disease to reduce their risks of future events, say guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology (Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2006;47:2130-9; Circulation 2006;113:2363-72; www.acc.org; and www.americanheart.org).

    The guidelines call for more exercise, flu vaccinations, lower blood pressure, no exposure to smoke, and lowering cholesterol with statins.

    “Aggressive comprehensive risk factor management improves survival, reduces recurrent events and the need for interventional procedures, and improves the quality of life for …

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