(Original airdate: March 23, 2022) This week's podcast is "Broken Heart Syndrome," which is triggered not only by loss but by stress. And get this – a new study suggests cases of the condition are increasing in middle-aged and older women. The study's senior author, Dr. Susan Cheng of the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, joins us to discuss the findings and solutions.
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Ageless Glamour Girls (AGG) Podcast Episode Re-Air:
Broken Heart Syndrome
An episode of the Ageless Glamour Girls Podcast in March featured this condition, whose symptoms can mimic those of a heart attack. We’re revisiting that important podcast. Our guest was Dr. Susan Cheng – a cardiologist, and the senior author of a study from the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAMA). That study found that cases of Broken Heart Syndrome are rising in the U-S- especially among middle-aged women between the ages of 50 and 74. Dr. Cheng is also the director of public health research at Cedars-Sinai’s Smidt Heart Institute in Los Angeles.
Dr. Susan Cheng’s BIO:
Susan Cheng, MD, MMSc, MPH is a cardiologist, echocardiographer, and clinician-scientist who leads research programs aimed at uncovering the drivers of cardiovascular aging in women and men. She received her bachelor's degree from Harvard College, a medical degree from McMaster University, a master's of medical science from MIT, and a master's of public health from Harvard.
Dr. Cheng completed Osler's internal medicine training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and cardiology training at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she then served as cardiology faculty and associate director of the Cardiovascular Imaging Core Laboratory.
She is co-director of the Framingham Heart Study Echocardiography Laboratory and co-director of the international Bioactive LipidsNet Consortium. Dr. Cheng has served on the editorial boards of major cardiovascular and imaging journals as well as on leadership committees for the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology.
She has chaired and contributed to American Heart Association scientific statements on research methods, heart disease statistics, and the cardiovascular care of older adults. Dr. Cheng has authored over 300 publications and her work has been recognized with multiple awards and supported by the continuous finding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).