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American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology/Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions Joint Scientific Statement
Date:12/13/2007

ients who have no additional serious conditions, who have blockages amenable to PCI, and who have characteristics for invasive therapy."

In addition to treatment guidelines, the writing group also emphasized the importance of updated recommendations for secondary prevention of heart attacks. These recommendations carry stronger language about tobacco cessation and exposure to secondhand smoke and more comprehensive medical treatment strategies which are effective for controlling cholesterol and high blood pressure. Patients with diabetes are urged to ensure that their care is carefully coordinated between their primary care physicians and specialists and an annual flu shot is recommended for all patients with cardiovascular disease.

The writing group indicates that this focused update is based on clear analysis of the science and research available at a given point in time. They note the guidelines are continually reviewed for relevancy and as new data become available and validated, additional updates will be considered and issued as appropriate.

Individual recommendations updated in this focused update will be incorporated into future revisions and/or updates of the full-text guidelines.

About the American College of Cardiology:

The American College of Cardiology is leading the way to optimal cardiovascular care and disease prevention. The College is a 34,000-member nonprofit medical society and bestows the credential Fellow of the American College of Cardiology upon physicians who meet its stringent qualifications. The College is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards and guidelines, and is a staunch supporter of cardiovascular research. The ACC provides professional education and operates national registries for the measurement and improvement of quality care. For more information visit http://www.acc.org.

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