NEWS UPDATE: “A Typical Heart” was awarded a $50,000 grant from Telus and StoryHive! The 22-minute documentary was launched on July 15, 2019.
Do you sometimes wish that everybody (and their healthcare providers) were more aware of the unique differences in male and female heart disease? ….
I know you do! Cristina D’Alessandro is a Toronto-area paramedic and healthcare researcher who has that same wish. She’s a healthcare professional who, like so many of us, is concerned about what’s known as the “cardiology gender gap“ in diagnosing and treating women’s heart disease. She asks, for example, this brilliant question:
“In paramedic school, they teach us about the ‘atypical’ signs of a woman’s heart attack. But why exactly do they call it ‘atypical’ when women are more than half the population?”
Cristina and her filmmaker friends at Distillery Films won a $50,000 funding grant for this documentary film project!! Filming began during the winter (including here in Victoria!) and editing is underway!
GOOD LUCK Cristina, Chris and Laura on this really important project, described as “exploring the deadly disparity between male and female heart disease, through the lens of healthcare professionals, researchers, patients, and their families.”
Can’t wait to see the finished film!!! ♥
PS Need more convincing that a documentary like this is vitally important to women? My Twitter response to Johns Hopkins University cardiologist Dr. Erin Michos: