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.
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.
Synopsis: Testing for breast cancer genes BRCA-1 and 2 has been inaccessible to many women due to extremely high cost. Now a new $249 breast cancer gene test is available. Experts discuss whether this changes who should be tested and the ramifications of widespread testing.
Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Annette Bar-Cohen, Executive Director, Center for Advocacy Training, National Breast Cancer Coalition; Dr. Charis Eng, Professor and Chair, Genomic Medical Institute, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute