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CVD Prevention in clinical practice (European Guidelines on)

ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines

The 2012 European Guidelines on CVD Prevention in Clinical Practice is a new shorter and more practical format around the 5 key questions of prevention: what is it, why is it needed, for whom and by whom and how can be provided?

Primary care
Guidelines version available to download
Published in 2012
Reference European Heart Journal (2012) 33, 1635–1701
Published in 2012
Reference Addenda: Web Tables-EHJ 2012:doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehs165
Published in 2012
Reference PREV
Published in 2012
Reference Essential_Messages_CVD_Prevention
Published in 2012
Reference PREV
Published in 2012
Reference CVD Prevention Summary in General Practice
Published in 2012
Reference hours of External CME credits
Table of contents: Full Text (ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines)

What is cardiovascular disease prevention?

  • Introduction, development of the Guidelines, evaluation methods, combining evaluation methods 

What is prevention of cardiovascular disease needed?

  • Scope of the problem, prevention of cardiovascular disease: a lifelong approach, prevention of cardiovascular desease pays off, ample room for improvement

Who should benefit from it?

  • Strategies and risk estimation, genetics, age and gender, psychological risk factors, other biomarkers of risk, imaging methods in CVD prevention, other diseases with increase risk for CVD 

How can CVD prevention be used?

  • Principles of behavior change, smoking, nutrition, physical activity, management of psychological factors, body weight, blood pressure, treatment targets in patients with type 2 diabetes, lipids, antithrombotics, adherence 

Where should programmes be offered?

  • CVD in primary care: role of nurses, CVD in general practice, CVD in primary care: role of cardiologists, primary care-based self-help programmes, hopital-based programmes: hopital services, hospital-based programmes: specialized prevention  centres, non-governemental organization programmes, action at the European level 




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