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2022 Episode 8 – Life’s Essential 8™

Help patients with diabetes manage their risk for heart disease and stroke. Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, FAHA, FACC and Jane EB Reusch, MD, FAHA discuss the recent release of AHA’s Life’s Essential 8 which was expanded from Life’s Simple 7 to include healthy sleep for optimal cardiovascular health as well as other lifestyle factors included in Life’s Essential 8 and how health care professionals can use this checklist to help patients with diabetes manage their risk for heart disease and stroke.

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2022 Episode 8 – Life’s Essential 8™

Life’s Essential 8 Transcript

Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, FAHA, FACC is Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine, the Eileen M. Foell Professor of Heart Research, and Professor of Preventive Medicine, Medicine, and Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. His research interests include the study of the life course and mechanisms of cardiovascular health and healthy aging, and the practice of cardiovascular disease epidemiology, risk estimation, and prevention. He is an author of more than 700
peer-reviewed scientific papers and has been named a “Highly Cited Researcher” (in the top 1% of cited authors in clinical medicine) each year for the past decade. Over the last 15 years, he has been a frequent leader of national clinical practice guidelines and policy statements for AHA, ACC and NHLBI. He has been a national leader for the American Heart Association for two decades and served as AHA
National Board President (2021-22).
Jane EB Reusch, MD, FAHA is Professor of Medicine, Bioengineering, and Integrative Physiology, and Associate Director of the Center for Women’s Health Research, Anschutz Medical Campus at the University of Colorado; Staff Physician and Merit Review Investigator at the Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC. As a physician-scientist, Dr. Reusch has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of cellular metabolism of diabetes and its complications studying people with diabetes and cell and
animal models. She has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Association of Physicians, and awarded the Women of Valor in Diabetes Award, The Endocrine Society Laureate Award for Mentoring and the Banting Medal for Leadership and Service and Albert Renold Award from the American Diabetes Association. She served as President for Medicine and Science of the American Diabetes Association and on the ADA professional Practice Committee 2019-2021 (writing group for the ADA Standard of Medical Care for Diabetes).