American Heart Association actually began the Get With The Guidelines initiative
about two years ago, in a pilot effort with the New England Affiliate.
This program is a process in which we can close
the gap from what we know in secondary prevention, and what we do when we take care of our
patients. Dr. Sid Smith, Chief Science Officer of the American Heart Association, spoke
about the treatment gap in his Presidential Address during the American Heart
Associationís 1995 Scientific Sessions. And at the November 2000 Scientific Sessions,
American Heart Association president, Dr. Rose Marie Robertson not only restated that we
have a treatment gap, but that we now have a solution to the gap: implementation of Get
With The Guidelines.