These guidelines, which made news headlines today, are really nothing new .. yet they call for more screening, and more agressive lifestyle modification than previous guidelines. They emphasis is on prevention of cardiovascular disease, rather than on the management of it once it is documented. Of course .. this is nothing new to primary care physicians, but it's a reminder that we are not necessarily doing our best:
The evidence that most cardiovascular disease is preventable continues to grow. … Clearly, the majority of the causes of cardiovascular disease are known and modifiable.