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Elizabeth Banks directs and stars in first-ever Go Red For Women film for American Heart Association


‘Just a Little Heart Attack’
American Heart Association short film fights heart disease in women with humor, pointed message
American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks directs and stars in the first-ever Go Red For Women short film “Just a Little Heart Attack,” inspired by the real-life stories of women who have been affected by heart disease.

The entertaining, yet poignant film, which can be viewed below, provides a powerful wake-up call to women across America to understand their risk for heart disease and empower them to put their health first.

“Just a Little Heart Attack” shares a glimpse into the seemingly normal routine of a busy mom caring for her family: preparing breakfast for her young children and loving husband (Colin Egglesfield, Something Borrowed); finishing the laundry; helping with homework; and getting an early start on her own busy work day. The morning is quickly turned on its side when Mom (Banks) finds herself stumbling through her kitchen as she ignores the warning signs of a heart attack. Banks uses her comedic talent to charm the audience while, ultimately, delivering an invaluable message about the possible consequences for women who ignore their risk of heart disease.
“As women, we take care of everyone in our lives: our husbands, our kids, our mothers, our fathers, but we never look at ourselves,” said Banks. “So this little film is about a super mom who takes care of everyone except herself and learns the lesson that she better look at herself, as well.”
The idea for the film’s script originated when Hollywood screenwriter Kate Kondell visited and read story after story of real women who had faced heart disease. “The script wrote itself from there,” said Kate. “Women like you and me are dying at the rate of one per minute, and most of us don’t even realize we’re at risk.”
A staggering one in three American women suffers from heart disease, yet only one in five believes she is personally at risk. This disconnect can leave many women unmotivated to act and even to treat heart disease.
“Unfortunately, there is a huge gap between awareness and action among women,” said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, Go Red For Women spokesperson and Director of Women and Heart Disease, Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. “Until women fully recognize their risk for heart disease – and take personal responsibility for preventing it – we will continue to lose the battle against the disparities of awareness, care and treatment among women.”
“Just a Little Heart Attack” can be seen on Go Red For Women asks you to Make It Your Mission to learn the facts about heart disease and inspire the women you love to do the same. Visit for more.
Go Red For Women is nationally sponsored by Macy’s and Merck & Co., Inc.




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