Guidelines & Statements

About Guidelines & Statements

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association publish medical guidelines and scientific statements on various cardiovascular disease and stroke topics. AHA/ASA volunteer scientists and healthcare professionals write the statements. The statements are supported by scientific studies published in recognized journals and have a rigorous review and approval process. Scientific statements generally include a review of data available on a specific subject, an evaluation on its relationship to overall cardiovascular disease science, and often an AHA/ASA position on the basis of that evaluation.

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Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics — 2020 Update

The Statistical Update presents the latest data on a range of major clinical heart and circulatory disease conditions (including stroke, congenital heart disease, rhythm disorders, subclinical atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, heart failure, valvular disease, venous disease, and peripheral artery disease) and the associated outcomes (including quality of care, procedures, and economic costs).

Medical Marijuana, Recreational Cannabis, and Cardiovascular Health

This statement critically reviews the use of medicinal and recreational cannabis from a clinical, but also a policy and public health perspective, by evaluating its safety and efficacy profile, particularly in relationship to cardiovascular health.

Genetic Testing for Inherited Cardiovascular Diseases

This statement summarizes current best practices with respect to genetic testing and its implications for the management of inherited cardiovascular diseases.

Guidelines Pocketcards

Official AHA/ASA and ACCF/AHA GUIDELINES quick-reference tools provide healthcare providers and students with instant access to current guidelines in a clear concise format.
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AHA Guidelines on-the-go Mobile App

Access guidelines on your mobile device anytime, anywhere! Download the association's mobile app today and enjoy the benefits of staying up-to-date no matter where you are. Actionable at the point of care, users will be able to retrieve relevant pieces of content while also having access to additional support detail and evidence.

Featured Journals

Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology

Circulation

Circulation Research