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Reducing the Negative Consequences of Heart Disease in Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Recipients

Reducing the Negative Consequences of Heart Disease in Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Recipients

We are actively pursuing an endeavor that addresses the importance of preventing heart disease in individuals who have undergone kidney and pancreas transplants. Experts in preventive medicine—including Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, FACC, FAHA, chair of the Department of PreventiveMedicine at Northwestern Memorial—have identified heart disease as the leading cause of death among this patient population, yet questions remain as to how and why this reality has taken shape.

Through this new project, participants from a variety of backgrounds are coming together to realize the shared goals of: (1) identifying the factors that place kidney and pancreas recipients at risk for heart failure, (2) employing the most effective means possible (e.g., behavioral counseling and monitoring) to limit—and, ideally, eliminate— these risk factors, and (3) dramatically reducing the heart disease-related mortality rate among patient who have undergone kidney and pancreas transplants.