MHIF Women’s Heart Health Interview on WCCO Radio

Sunday, November 10, 2019 

Roshini Rajkumar led a roundtable conversation about women’s heart health on her WCCO radio show, “Real Talk with Roshini”. The segment featured MHI® physician and MHIF researcher Dr. Retu Saxena, who spoke about the disparities in women’s heart health. 

Women’s heart health research is 35 years behind that of men’s heart health research. MHIF has established a Women’s Cardiovascular Science Center, which is committed to improving women’s heart health outcomes and addressing the significant gap that exists in cardiovascular conditions that commonly affect women. This is part of a dedicated effort underway to #ResearchHer.

Joining Dr. Retu Saxena was Kristen Bowlds, a mother whose life changed dramatically when she suffered her first heart attack at the age of 29 due to an increasingly diagnosed condition called Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (or SCAD) that most often affects younger women. Kristen recounts her traumatic heart health experiences, shares cautionary advice for other women, and inspires listeners with her passion for helping other survivors. 

During the interview, Kristen’s husband, Ryan, also provides insightful guidance on how to support loved ones, from seeking medical attention to the recovery process.

Listen to the full interview below and please share with your friends and family to spread the word!

Roundtable interviewees in the WCCO Radio station. Left to right: Dr. Retu Saxena, Kristen Bowlds, Ryan Bowlds, Roshini Rajkumar

Kristen Bowlds (center) sharing her experience being diagnosed with a heart attack shortly after giving birth at the age of 29. 

Our Women’s Cardiovascular Science Center will help address inequities in heart health research, diagnosis and care for women.

You can also learn more about our SCAD research here.