The American Heart Association updates its guidelines for the prevention of heart disease in women. The new 2007 guidelines now focus on the long term or lifetime risk of women, instead of the short term risk set forth in the 2004 guidelines.
The 2007 guidelines published February 19, in a special health issue of the Journal Circulation devoted to women’s health, expanded recommendations on the women’s lifestyle, and changed-up the way hormone therapy and vitamin and mineral supplements and aspirin are used in heart disease and stroke prevention in women.
This new update provides the most current clinical recommendations contributed by all areas of medicine. The new guidelines also cover primary and secondary prevention of chronic atherosclerotic vascular diseases.