| The term “heartbreak” isn’t just a figure of speech, it can actually be quite literal. Dr. Sandeep Jauhar takes us through his fascinating research on Broken Heart Syndrome AKA Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy–a phenomenon in which grief or other emotional upset can cause dramatic physical changes to the size and shape of one’s heart and potentially lead to heart failure. Dr. Jauhar and host Jason Jaggard also discuss the journalistic element of being a doctor, self-limitation and the importance of taking risks, having to work harder as an immigrant in America and the parallels between the doctor-patient and coach-coachee relationships. We hope you enjoy!



Heart: A History, Doctored: The Disillusionment of the American Physician and Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation by Dr. Sandeep Jauhar

TEDTalk: How your emotions change the shape of your heart

Learn more about Sandeep:   |   Twitter: @sjauhar

Guest info

Sandeep Jauhar has written three books, all published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. His first book, “Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation,” was a national bestseller and was optioned by NBC for a dramatic television series.


His second book, “Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician,” released in August 2014, was a New York Times bestseller and was named a New York Post Best Book of 2014. It was praised as “highly engaging and disarmingly candid” by The Wall Street Journal, “beautifully written and unsparing” by The Boston Globe, and “extraordinary, brave and even shocking” by The New York Times.


“Heart: A History,” his latest book, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, tells the colorful and little-known story of the doctors who risked their careers and the patients who risked their lives to know and heal our most vital organ. It has been praised as “gripping…(and) strange and captivating” by The New York Times, “fascinating” by The Washington Post, “poignant and chattily erudite” by The Wall Street Journal, and “elegiac” by The American Scholar. It was named a best book of 2018 by the Mail on Sunday, Science Friday, Zocalo Public Square, and the Los Angeles Public Library, and was the PBS NewsHour/New York Times book club pick for January 2019. It was a finalist for the 2019 Wellcome Book Prize.


A practicing cardiologist, Jauhar writes opinion essays for The New York Times. He has appeared frequently on National Public Radio, CNN, and MSNBC to discuss issues related to medicine, and his essays have also been published in The Wall Street Journal, Time, and Slate.