19-09 Segment 1: Silent Heart Attack

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Heart attacks that produce few if any symptoms may be mistaken for indigestion or simple malaise, but they can be more serious than heart attacks that bring crushing pain because they often don’t bring a victim to the hospital for lifesaving help. Experts discuss.


  • Dr. Martha Gulati, cardiologist, University of Arizona and Editor-in-Chief, American College of Cardiology patient education initiative
  • Dr. Robert Vogel, Professor of Medicine and Cardiology, University of Colorado and co-author, The Pritikin Edge

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17-52 Segment 2: “Broken Heart Syndrome”


When a person suffers a severe emotional shock, they may suffer what looks like a heart attack but is actually what doctors call “stress cardiomyopathy.” Most patients recover but the condition can be fatal, confirming that it is possible to die of a broken heart. An expert explains.


  • Dr. Tracy Stevens, cardiologist, St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, MO

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16-35 Segment 1: SCAD: The under-the-radar heart attack

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Synopsis: A form of heart attack that strikes young, seemingly healthy people–most of them women, often near childbirth–is increasing. Experts discuss heart attacks caused by arteries that split open rather than blockages.

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15-34 Segment 1: Heart Attacks in Young Women


Synopsis: Young women are at relatively low risk of heart attacks, but when they have one, a much greater proportion die than among men of the same age. Surveys show young women are often unaware of their risk and are much less likely to go to the emergency room when a heart attack occurs. Experts discuss reasons and possible remedies.

Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Judith Lichtman, Associate Professor and Chair of Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health; Dr. Holly Andersen, attending cardiologist and Director of Education and Outreach, Perelman Heart Institute, New York Presbyterian Hospital.

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