Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Thirteen key aspects of cardiovascular disease prevention are identified as performance measures in a new, comprehensive set of detailed steps to help healthcare providers reduce patients’ risk for heart problems. The performance measures, developed by a joint task force of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, are simultaneously published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
The 13 measures are:

  • lifestyle/risk factor screening
  • dietary intake counseling
  • physical activity counseling
  • smoking/tobacco use assessment
  • smoking/tobacco cessation
  • weight and body fat assessment
  • weight management
  • blood pressure measurement
  • blood pressure control
  • blood lipid measurement
  • blood lipid therapy and control
  • estimation of a patient’s global risk for developing heart disease
  • aspirin use in at-risk patients


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