A simplified approach to the management of patients with an acute coronary syndrome (chest pain at rest or with mild exertion) can help ensure that precise risk-reducing strategies are followed to the letter by doctors and other caregivers of patients with this medical condition, according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers.
"Many doctors think existing guidelines are lengthy and complex and therefore difficult to implement in the clinic and at home by patients," says Roger S. Blumenthal, M.D., associate professor of medicine, director of the Ciccarone Preventive Cardiology Center at Johns Hopkins, and senior investigator of the study, published in the Jan. 19 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The new guidelines are based on those developed by the American College of Cardiology (ACG),the American Heart Association (AHA) and the results of recent clinical trials, and include risk-factor reduction, lifestyle changes and drugs.
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