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Press Release: ACC, AHA Release 2018 Guideline on the Management of Blood Cholesterol at AHA Scientific Sessions


NLA among 12 organizations to co-author, endorse key document for reducing risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
CHICAGO, Nov. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association, in collaboration with the National Lipid Association and nine other specialty societies, today released the 2018 Guideline on the Management of Blood Cholesterol at AHA Scientific Sessions in Chicago.The document, an update to the 2013 Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol to Reduce Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Risk in Adults, emphasizes the importance of a heart-healthy lifestyle for all individuals and provides updated guidance for treatment of patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk, severe primary hypercholesterolemia and diabetes mellitus.Carl E. Orringer, MD, FACC, FNLA, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and NLA past president, represented the NLA as a co-author. Joseph J. Saseen, PharmD, FAHA, FNLA, secretary/treasurer of the NLA, also served as a co-author and represented the American Pharmacists Association. He is a professor and vice chair of the department of clinical pharmacy and family medicine at the University of Colorado Denver.  “The National Lipid Association is proud to unanimously endorse the 2018 Guideline on the Management of Blood Cholesterol,” said NLA President Alan S. Brown, MD, FACC, FAHA, FNLA. “As a preeminent leader in lipidology, it was important the NLA was represented in the writing of this guideline. We are proud of Dr. Orringer and Dr. Saseen for their great work on this document and would like to thank the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association for calling on our expertise to serve on the writing committee and as an endorsing partner. The NLA looks forward to future collaborations with the ACC, AHA and other endorsing organizations from this document.”“I was greatly honored to serve as the National Lipid Association representative to the 2018 Guideline on the Management of Blood Cholesterol,” said Orringer. “This guideline is a rigorously developed, evidence-based document that covers a broad array of topics that impact the daily practice of clinical lipidology. Its implementation will require an informed practitioner who engages in a carefully considered clinician-patient discussion. The National Lipid Association is properly positioned to educate practitioners on the content and application of our guideline. We all look forward to a great year ahead as we begin the educational process.”


Posted: 2018-11-10 17:55:00

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