(GIPhotoStock, Getty Images) Health care providers regularly consult documents called guidelines when determining the best way to treat a patient. But what exactly are guidelines? Why are they so important? And how are they made? Guidelines help doctors understand the best ways to diagnose, treat and even prevent diseases and conditions. Guideline recommendations are based…

(GIPhotoStock, Getty Images) Health care providers regularly consult documents called guidelines when determining the best way to treat a patient. But what exactly are guidelines? Why are they so important? And how are they made? Guidelines help doctors understand the best ways to diagnose, treat and even prevent diseases and conditions. Guideline recommendations are based…

Using the latest guidelines on high blood pressure would result in nearly 950,000 more U.S. stroke survivors diagnosed with the disease and could reduce deaths among stroke survivors by nearly one-third, according to new research. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, comes in the wake of updated guidelines on…

Using the latest guidelines on high blood pressure would result in nearly 950,000 more U.S. stroke survivors diagnosed with the disease and could reduce deaths among stroke survivors by nearly one-third, according to new research. The study, published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, comes in the wake of updated guidelines on…

The number of Americans at risk for heart attacks and strokes just got a lot higher. An estimated 103 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure, according to new statistics from the American Heart Association. That’s nearly half of all adults in the United States.  “With the aging of the population and increased life expectancy,…

The number of Americans at risk for heart attacks and strokes just got a lot higher. An estimated 103 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure, according to new statistics from the American Heart Association. That’s nearly half of all adults in the United States.  “With the aging of the population and increased life expectancy,…

More stroke patients will be eligible for two critical treatments proven to reduce disability, according to new guidelines from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The guidelines(link opens in new window) issued Wednesday cover acute ischemic stroke(link opens in new window), the most common type of stroke, one that is caused by a blood clot…

More stroke patients will be eligible for two critical treatments proven to reduce disability, according to new guidelines from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The guidelines(link opens in new window) issued Wednesday cover acute ischemic stroke(link opens in new window), the most common type of stroke, one that is caused by a blood clot…

ANAHEIM, California — Well over half of all African-American adults will be classified as having high blood pressure under new streamlined diagnostic guidelines released this week, illuminating the heavy burden of cardiovascular disease in the population. The guidelines change the definition of high blood pressure – also called hypertension – to begin when measurements show…

ANAHEIM, California — Well over half of all African-American adults will be classified as having high blood pressure under new streamlined diagnostic guidelines released this week, illuminating the heavy burden of cardiovascular disease in the population. The guidelines change the definition of high blood pressure – also called hypertension – to begin when measurements show…