New Tool from American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology Could Predict ASCVD Risk

December 9, 2016 | Physician Practice News

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​The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) announced on November 4, 2016, the release of the Million Hearts Longitudinal Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease (ASCVD) Risk Assessment Tool, with the goal of preventing one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. As noted in a special report published in the November 15, 2016, issue of Circulation, the tool aims to reduce the predicted 10-year risk of ASCVD for Medicare beneficiaries through preventive strategies such as aspirin therapy in appropriate patients, blood pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation, also known as "ABCS" therapies.

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