About The Film

The Resilient Heart explores the keys to eradicating heart disease on a worldwide scale. At the film’s core is the story of Dr. Valentin Fuster, a world-renowned cardiovascular scientist, 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.

Film Team

Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, For four decades, Dr. Fuster has been a global leader in the field of cardiology, including cardiovascular medicine, translational research, and education. He is world-renowned for his expertise in the prevention and treatment of heart disease, coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, and thrombosis. He has published more than 1,000 research studies on these topics.

Susan Froemke Susan 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.

Encompassing the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and seven hospital campuses in the New York metropolitan area, and recognized for its expansive, regional ambulatory footprint, the Mount Sinai Health System is internationally acclaimed for its excellence in research, patient care, and education across a range of specialties.