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Elevating pharmacy involvement in patient care and using a team-based care model are among the effective strategies for preventing cardiovascular disease that were identified in a new guide developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP). The guide, Best Practices for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programs: A Guide to Effective Health Care System Interventions and Community Programs Linked to Clinical Services, describes the scientific evidence behind each strategy, including collaborative drug therapy management, enabled by a collaborative practice agreement, and medication therapy management. To be included in the guide, strategies had to be supported by multiple high-quality research studies that demonstrated evidence of effectiveness in controlling blood pressure or cholesterol levels.