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Open Access ACC/AHA Guidelines for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Cholesterol Management: Implications of New Therapeutic Agents

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In 2014 the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association issued four new guidelines for cardiovascular disease prevention that focused on cardiovascular risk assessment, lifestyle management, obesity management, and blood cholesterol management. The development of an atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk calculator formed the basis of the risk assessment guideline, and the lifestyle management guideline focused on recommending an evidence-based dietary pattern. The blood cholesterol management guideline specifically identified four groups of patients shown to benefit from moderate-intensity or high-intensity statin therapy from previous clinical trials and abandoned the use of specific low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (LDL-C) goal levels on the basis of the lack of clinical trial evidence. The recommendations for treatment with moderate-intensity or high-intensity statin therapy are based on rigorous evidence from randomized clinical trials. Guidance has since been provided for the use of nonstatin therapies, including cholesterol absorption inhibitor and proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 monoclonal antibody therapy when adequate reduction of LDL-C levels is not achieved with maximally tolerated statin therapy. The recent development and application of these therapies have resulted in remarkable reductions in LDL-C levels that are well tolerated, and preliminary outcome data are promising in showing substantial atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease event reductions beyond statin therapy.
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Keywords: cardiovascular disease; cholesterol; prevention; risk assessment; statins

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2016

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