The American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines program

Am Heart J. 2004 Nov;148(5 Suppl):S46-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2004.09.015.


Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) is a hospital-based quality improvement initiative created by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Stroke Association (ASA) to improve the care of patients with cardiac diseases and stroke. It supports the AHA mission to reduce death and disability due to cardiovascular diseases and stroke. It is evidence-based and founded on the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guidelines for secondary prevention of cardiovascular diseases and is designed to help health care providers consistently treat patients in accordance with these accepted guidelines.

MeSH terms

  • Adrenergic beta-Antagonists / therapeutic use
  • American Heart Association
  • Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors / therapeutic use
  • Aspirin / therapeutic use
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Female
  • Guideline Adherence*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Male
  • Myocardial Infarction / therapy*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care*
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Thrombolytic Therapy / statistics & numerical data
  • United States


  • Adrenergic beta-Antagonists
  • Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors
  • Aspirin