• Press Release

World-Renowned Mount Sinai Cardiologist Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Premieres New Film “The Resilient Heart” Coast to Coast

  • New York, NY
  • (April 25, 2017)

Film Debuted at the Newport Beach Film Festival and During the Tribeca Film Festival

Oscar®-nominated and Grammy®-winning director Susan Froemke premiered her feature documentary film “The Resilient Heart” at the Tribeca Film Festival yesterday. . The feature-length documentary film, which centers on the work of Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, a world-renowned cardiologist and Physician-in-Chief at The Mount Sinai Hospital, has been picked up by Amazon Prime Video and Amazon.com and may be seen at this link: http://bit.ly/TRHmovie.

The screening event was hosted by Bob Harper, the celebrity trainer and host of NBC’s Biggest Loser, who suffered a heart attack earlier this year. Over the weekend, the film made its world premiere in competition at the acclaimed Newport Beach Film Festival. Ms. Froemke announced the release of “The Resilient Heart” in Park City, Utah, following the 2017 Sundance Film Festival premiere of her documentary “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman.”

“When I first met Dr. Valentin Fuster, I thought cardiovascular disease was a rich nation’s illness, but I soon found out it was the leading cause of death across the globe,” said Ms. Froemke. “Dr. Fuster’s mission to stem the tide of this debilitating epidemic inspired me to make ‘The Resilient Heart’ with the hope of bringing his important story to a wide audience.”

“Every year, more than 17 million people worldwide die from heart disease,” explained Dr. Fuster. “By 2030 that number is expected to be 23 million, and most of those deaths are preventable. I hope this film will help to change those statistics moving forward.”

The film, made with generous support from the Valentin Fuster Mount Sinai Foundation for Science, Health, and Empowerment, Inc., focuses on Dr. Fuster’s research and travels as he discovers that the real answer to fighting chronic disease lies in early education. “The Resilient Heart” follows Dr. Fuster as he travels from Bogota, Colombia, to Eldoret, Kenya; the island of Grenada; Madrid, Spain; the Harlem neighborhood of New York City; and Mexico, where he encounters 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 film was directed by Ms. Froemke, a non-fiction filmmaker with more than 30 documentaries to her credit, including the iconic “Grey Gardens” (1976), the Academy Award-nominated “Lalee’s Kin” (2001), “Conversations With The Rolling Stones” (1994), and “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare,” which premiered at Sundance in 2013.

For four decades, Dr. Fuster has been a global leader in the field of cardiology, including cardiovascular medicine, translational research, and education. He has a keen interest in promoting cardiovascular health, especially for the world’s tiniest hearts—those in our children. Dr. Fuster has published more than 1,000 research studies on the prevention and treatment of heart disease, coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, and thrombosis.  Dr. Fuster is past President of the American Heart Association and the World Heart Federation.

About the Mount Sinai Health System

The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest integrated delivery system encompassing (with the addition of South Nassau Communities Hospital) eight hospital campuses, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai's vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,480 primary and specialty care physicians; 11 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools", aligned with a U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" Hospital, No. 12 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 18 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery, and in the top 50 in six other specialties in the 2018-2019 "Best Hospitals" issue. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology and 44th for Ear, Nose, and Throat. Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Mount Sinai West, and South Nassau Communities Hospital are ranked regionally.

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