by Carolyn Thomas ♥ @HeartSisters ♥ July 15 , 2019
The important documentary film called “A Typical Heart“ is a triumph.
It’s about the deadly disparity in diagnosis, treatment and outcomes among male and female heart patients. It packs an incredible load of unforgettable factoids and quotable quotes into just 22 short minutes. .
Eight patients were interviewed about their own heart stories (I was pleased to be included in this group of women – thank you to York Region paramedic/co-producer Cristina D’Alessandro for inviting me to participate!) as well as several remarkable experts who clearly explain valuable heart lessons to women – and to their colleagues.
Please watch it, like it, and then share this film with all of the women you care about. “A Typical Heart“ was directed by Chris Beauchamp and Laura Beauchamp of Distillery Film Company; written by Chris Beauchamp and Cristina D’Alessandro; produced by Chris Beauchamp, Laura Beauchamp and Cristina D’Alessandro (who won a $50,000 StoryHive award from Telus to create this film).
Watch the official film trailer for A Typical Heart.
NATIONAL PUBLIC SCREENING EVENT UPDATE:
On Saturday, September 7th, a first ever public film screening and panel discussion of A Typical Heart took place at St. George’s Church in Victoria, BC. (we were FULL with a waitlist!) Three of the eight heart patients interviewed in the film – Laurie Blakely, Zamira Vicenzino and Carolyn Thomas – and one of the seven physicians, Dr. Doreen Rabi from the University of Calgary – participated in this panel on women’s heart health. The event moderator was Barb Field, retired Cardiac Social Worker at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. Many thanks to the amazing St. George’s Church volunteers – especially organizer extraordinaire, Sue Morrison!
Q: What’s your own response to watching this documentary film?
NOTE FROM CAROLYN: I wrote much more about the cardiology gender gap in my book, “A Woman’s Guide to Living with Heart Disease” . You can ask for it at your local library or favourite bookshop, or order it online (paperback, hardcover or e-book) at Amazon, or order it directly from my publisher, Johns Hopkins University Press (use the code HTWN to save 20% off the list price).