The Resilient Heart explores the keys to lessen the instance of heart disease on a worldwide scale. At the film’s core is the story of Dr. Valentin Fuster, a world-renowned cardiologist, and Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief at The Mount Sinai Hospital. Through his exploration of the heart at the molecular level, Dr. Fuster discovers that the real answer to fighting chronic disease lies in a much larger place: early education.
By highlighting scientific contributions ranging from basic science to translational research, the film addresses the improvement of clinical and surgical care efforts to promote lifestyles that prevent or slow the progression of heart disease. Ultimately, it shows how the intersection of science, medicine, research, education and compassion bring about changes that are not only important but also replicable by physicians and patients throughout the world to save lives.
Follow Dr. Fuster as he travels to Eldoret (Kenya), Bogota, Grenada, Madrid and Harlem. Witness the profound impacts of coordinated global health initiatives, proactive public policy, and the passion of people to better the health and well-being of populations, no matter the circumstances.
The Resilient Heart aims to inspire large-scale and systemic, society shifts toward promoting better cardiovascular health. The film was funded with financial support from the Mount Sinai Health System.
Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, is Director of Mount Sinai Heart and Physician-in-Chief of The Mount Sinai Hospital. He also serves as Director of the Zena and Michael A. Wiener Cardiovascular Institute; Director of the Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Center for Cardiovascular Health; General Director of Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC); President of Science Health and Education (SHE) Foundation; and the Richard Gorlin, MD/Heart Research Foundation Professor at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Susan Froemke is a non-fiction filmmaker with more than 40 documentary films to her credit, including the classic Grey Gardens (1976); Lalee’s Kin (2001), an HBO film on poverty that was nominated for an Academy Award; and Wagner’s Dream (2012), which opened theatrically in the United States and aired on PBS.
This new feature documentary is by Oscar nominated director Susan Froemke (Grey Gardens, LaLee’s Kin: The Legacy of Cotton). Susan’s film is about the amazing work of world-renowned cardiologist Dr. Valentin Fuster, who brings life-saving medicine to developing countries around the globe. If you or someone you know has ever been touched by a heart disease, you really must see this film.