Roger Blumenthal, professor in the Division of Cardiology, will co-chair the task force in charge of writing the 2018 Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Guidelines for the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA). The goal of the task force is to create a single-source, consolidated and readable guideline for both primary care physicians and cardiologists that will cover the key medical and lifestyle aspects to reduce one's risk of stroke, peripheral arterial disease, diabetes and heart disease. Roger will lead the team that includes Erin Michos, associate professor in Cardiology, and Cheryl Dennison-Himmelfarb from the Hopkins School of Nursing with fellow co-chair Donna Arnett, former AHA president and dean of the University of Kentucky School of Public Health.

They plan to create an alphabetized manuscript of no more than 25 pages with summary tables that will synthesize all of the recent ACC/AHA guidelines and cover the following:
  • Assessment of CVD Risk
  • Antiplatelet therapy
  • Anticoagulant
  • Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol Management
  • Cigarette Cessation
  • Diet/Weight Management
  • Diabetes Prevention
  • Exercise/Fitness
  • Family history/Genetics
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