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Counseling Can Help Prevent CVD in Low-, Average-Risk Adults

Provider Nurse Talking with Senior Patient

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published its final recommendation and evidence summary on July 11, 2017, confirming its draft recommendation that doctors who care for adults with low or average risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) should consider offering or referring them to behavioral counseling to promote a healthy diet and regular physical activity to prevent CVD. This recommendation concerns adults without obesity, who are over age 18 and have no CVD risk factors. Clinical evidence exists that positive, but small, benefit of behavioral counseling for the prevention of CVD for this population. Read more from the American Academy of Family Physicians article.