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Kentucky: Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease – Lifestyle and Behavioral Factors

Addressing lifestyle and behavioral factors is the foundation of preventing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), the leading cause of death in the United States, and maintaining healthy habits can help preserve good cardiovascular health for a lifetime. With this in mind, the 2019 American College of Cardiology (ACC)/American Heart Association (AHA) Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease incorporates existing guidelines, statements, and consensus documents into a single comprehensive resource for patients, health care professionals, and public health officials.

Dr. Donna Arnett, professor of epidemiology and dean of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, is the first author of “2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: Part 1, Lifestyle and Behavioral Factors”, published in JAMA Cardiology. Co-authors are Dr. Amit Khera, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Division of Cardiology, and Dr. Roger S. Blumenthal, Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at Johns Hopkins University.

Recommendations in the overall report cover lifestyle factors such as nutrition, exercise / physical activity, overweight / obesity, and tobacco use — as well as treatment-associated factors such as risk assessment, blood pressure level, blood cholesterol level, diabetes, and aspirin use. The current article focuses on lifestyle factors.

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