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New guidelines deliver concise messages for implementing cardiovascular prevention
Date:5/3/2012

The latest cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention guidelines have been overhauled to produce a user friendly document with concise messages that awards greater weight than ever before to evidence from clinical trials and observational population studies. The "European Guidelines on Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Clinical Practice (version 2012)" were launched at the EuroPRevent2012 meeting in Dublin, Ireland.

"In the past, implementation of prevention guidelines could undoubtedly have been better. So in a radical departure we've designed the guidelines in a new format that makes them much more accessible," explained Professor Joep Perk, the chairperson of the Guidelines Task Force. "The change is to help disseminate the information from the guidelines out to where it's needed - health professionals working in the field, politicians and the general public."

The latest guidelines, developed by the Fifth Joint Task Force (JTF) of societies of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Clinical Practice, which includes the European Society of cardiology (ESC) and seven other societies, are around one third shorter than the 2007 fourth edition. "We've gone back to the first principles of teaching by introducing the what, why, whom, how and where of preventive cardiology," said Perk, from Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden.

The guidelines stress that CVD prevention should be a "life long effort" that starts in the womb and lasts to the end of life. Greater emphasis has been placed on the behavioural aspects of prevention, with discussion of ways to make it easier for patients to change their life styles.

For the first time the guidelines were launched at the EuroPRevent2012 meeting, held 3 to 5 May 2012, and published simultaneously in the European Heart Journal and European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. "This was deliberate. It's meant that we could structure the meeting around the guidelines with plenty
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