Clinician’s Handbook

Putting guidelines into practice

The Clinician’s Handbook: Case-based advice for clinicians on the role of lipids and lipoproteins in atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease

The 2019 ESC/EAS Guidelines for Management of Dyslipidaemias are comprehensive and detailed, the result of many long hours of painstaking collaborative work. But now we have them, the real challenge is how to use them in day-to-day practice.

For healthcare practitioners everywhere, we have published a selection of case-treatments that show the recommendations of the Guidelines as used in practice, step by step – a Clinician’s Handbook, “Dyslipidaemia and Atherosclerosis Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment: A case-oriented approach to understanding the role of lipids and lipoproteins in atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, and recommendations for diagnosis and treatment”.

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How to use the Clinician’s Handbook

This case-based Handbook helps you assess your patient’s cardiovascular risk. It gives practical, step-by-step advice about how to bring your patients’ lipid values towards the levels that are recommended in the guidelines.


The Clinician’s Handbook opens with an introduction of lipid analyses and how to go about assessing cardiovascular risk using the tables and charts from the guidelines – what are the different risk categories and how do you work out the risk of your patient? It also talks about treatment goals and what the right treatment for your patient is, based on their risk.

Case studies

The book goes on to look at different case examples, where we show how typical patients with different medical histories are assessed and treated, to illustrate how you should be applying the 2019 ESC/EAS Guidelines for Management of Dyslipidaemias in your practice.

If you want to know more, watch this short video, where Prof Olov Wiklund, who was one of the authors of the Guidelines and has edited the Handbook, talks us through how to use the Handbook.


EAS gratefully acknowledges the work of the contributors to this Handbook:

  • Editor: Olov Wiklund
  • Co-Editors: Alberico L. Catapano, Marja-Riitta Taskinen, Lale Tokgozoglu
  • Case authors: Eric Bruckert, Alberico L. Catapano, Michel Farnier, Luis Masana, Philippe Moulin, Marja-Riitta Taskinen, Lale Tokgozoglu, Olov Wiklund