Actress Elizabeth Banks and the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement created the short film “Just a Little Heart Attack” to educate women about the realities of heart disease and the sometimes unexpected symptoms of a heart attack. Inspired by true stories of real women, the film chronicles a busy mom who is ignoring her symptoms and putting herself last before finally realizing she may be having a heart attack. Go Red for Women hopes the film will engage and inspire women to put their health first and take care of their heart.
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