Policies & Development

Policies & Development

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are pleased to make public our processes and policies for developing AHA and ASA scientific documents. We've developed scientific documents for more than 50 years and published them in one or more of the AHA/ASA journals.  Such documents include scientific statements, guidelines, science advisories, statistical advisories/alerts, policy statements, conference proceedings, performance measures, and clinical data standards.

Statement and Guideline Development

The AHA statement and guideline development process contains a process overview and related forms.

You can also find an explanation of the types of scientific documents published by AHA.

Readers are referred to the Methodology Manual for ACC/AHA Guideline Writing Committees for more information specific to ACC/AHA practice guideline development.

The Stroke Guideline Development Manual gives instructions for writing groups on developing stroke statements and guidelines for AHA/ASA.

Pharmacology Policy

The AHA Pharmacology Policy explains how pharmaceutical product names are used in our statements.

Copyright Permissions Policy

To request permission to reproduce AHA or AHA/ASA statements or guidelines, visit and complete the copyright request form.

Reprints of AHA or AHA/ASA statements and guidelines

To purchase additional reprints of an AHA or AHA/ASA statement or guideline, call 843-216-2533 or e-mail kelle.ramsay@wolterskluwer.com.

Methodology Manual

Readers are referred to the Methodology Manual for ACC/AHA Guideline Writing Committees for more information specific to ACC/AHA practice guideline development.

S&G AHA Guidelines and StatementsThe AHA Guidelines and Scientific Statements Handbook
This book outlines the key AHA guidelines, Statements, and Performance Measures and includes comparisons with the associated European guidelines.
S&G CirculationTen Years of Images from Circulation
This book contains over 400 of the best images from Circulation. Each of the excellent pictures is accompanied by a short two- to three-page commentary.