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2021 ESC Guidelines on cardiovascular disease prevention in clinical practice

ESC Clinical Practice Guidelines

The present guidelines have been developed to support healthcare professionals in their efforts to reduce the burden of ASCVD in both individual patients, as well as at a population level. The previous European Guidelines on CVD prevention in clinical practice were published in 2016. Recent developments in prediction of cardiovascular disease risk and treatment benefit, as well as novel treatments and treatment goals, necessitated new, up-to-date guidelines. The current guidelines on CVD prevention in clinical practice concentrate principally but not exclusively on the risk factors, risk classification, and prevention of ASCVD. The current guidelines provide recommendations on ASCVD prevention to support shared decision-making by the patient and their healthcare professional based on individual patient characteristics.  Special considerations have been given to differences in age, sex and gender, life expectancy, risk factor profiles, ethnic, and geographic differences. 

Stress, Psycho-Social and Cultural Aspects of Heart Disease
Nutrition, Malnutrition and Heart Disease
Risk Factors and Prevention
Physical Inactivity and Exercise
Cardiovascular Disease in the Elderly
Depression and Heart Disease

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