Guest: Amish Raval, MD, Interventional Cardiologist, UW Health

Having a broken heart, as in cardiovascular disease, is the #1 killer in the United States of both men and women. Much progress has been made in treating the many forms of this disease, and the lifestyle choices we make – diet, exercise, not smoking – have a big impact on preventing heart disease. For those patients who have advanced disease with no further options, revolutionary new treatments using stem cells, genes, and growth factors are being researched to treat their chronic angina, congestive heart failure, heart attacks, and peripheral artery disease.

On this program, Dr. Amish Raval discusses what we know about the management of cardiovascular disease and his research using regenerative medicine to find new options for patients with advanced heart and vascular disease.For more information, contact The Options Clinic, Dept. of Cardiology at UW Health: (608) 262-2290

ADDRESSING MENTAL ILLNESS AS A BRAIN DISEASE (Part 2 of a series on Mental Illness)

GUESTS: Nancy Abraham
Dylan Abraham

When Nancy Abraham’s son, Dylan, was diagnosed with schizophrenia 37 years ago, Nancy had no where to turn for help or support. So she began creating a support group that would envelope all the others in her same situation. Her organizational efforts began in Dane County, extended to the state of Wisconsin and then led Nancy to become one of the co-founders of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Nancy talks about how society views mental illness today and the changes in perception and treatment that are so critically needed.

For more information, contact NAMI at, or call the Dane County office, 608-249-7188. For immediate help, call the Crisis Line, 280-2600.

LIVING WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA (Part 1 of a two-part series on Mental Illness)

Guests: Nancy Abraham
Dylan Abraham

For nearly four decades, Nancy Abraham has been a tireless voice educating the public, health care workers, and government agencies about mental illness and the need to improve services. This is because in 1974, her then teenage son, Dylan, was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Dylan and Nancy Abraham share their personal journey and the successful outcome Dylan has achieved through his participation in PACT (Program for Assertive Community Treatment).

For more information and support, contact NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness),, or call the Dane County office, 608-249-7188.

For immediate help, call the Crisis Line, 280-2600.


GUESTS: Judy Stevenson, co-chair, ORCHID QUEST 2011
Heidi Whetmore, Orchid Growers’ Guild of Madison
Fred Clarke, Sunset Valley Orchids, California (guest speaker)

If you are on a quest for orchids, ORCHID QUEST 2011 is the place to be. For the 24th year, the largest orchid show in the Upper Midwest is coming to Madison on February 5th and 6th at the Alliant Center Exhibition Hall. Cultivating, collecting and enjoying the beauty of orchids is a passion shared by many. Among those are the guests of this radio program. Learn about the bond that orchid enthusiasts develop with their flowering beauties and what it takes to keep them alive and well.

For more information about ORCHID QUEST, go to or call (608) 231-3163.


Guest: Shannon Barry, Executive Director Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)

Domestic abuse is often described as the silent elephant in the room. It can happen to anyone, regardless of race, income, education, gender, sexual orientation, age or religion. Domestic violence can take many forms. It can be Physical, Emotional, Verbal, Sexual and Economic. The Domestic Abuse Intervention Services which serves Dane County provides many services to help people understand their options and make the best decisions for them.

Shannon Barry discusses the warning signs of domestic violence and how DAIS can help through their 24-hour Help/Crisis Line (608-251-4445 or 800-747-4045); Safe House; Legal Advocacy; Children’s Programming; Crisis Response; Community Support Groups; Emergency Pet Foster Care.

For more information, go to