De slag om het vrouwenhart

Hella de Jonge

Netherlands, The 2019, 58 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: Dutch

Subtitles: English

Dutch premiere

When Hella de Jonge starts suffering from heart problems, she reacts badly to her medications: drowsiness, pain and even hallucinations. She finds out that the female heart differs from the male. De Jonge talks to researchers, medical professionals and patients, and confronts the doctor who suggested her complaints were psychosomatic.

Because medical research has mostly been conducted on men, there are big gaps in medical knowledge about the female body. Doctors often don’t recognize heart complaints suffered by women, leading to many wrong diagnoses. Like a cardiologist says about the moment she first heard about the specific characteristics of the female heart: ‘So with all these women to whom I said “congratulations, beautiful blood vessels”, I sent home a time bomb.’

Many (male) cardiologists dismiss the differences between men and women or suggest that it’s mostly a feminist agenda item. How do you establish a culture change in the study books and the consulting and treatment rooms? Effective and passionate plea for empathy in health care and against the culture of protocols.

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Official website: http://freekdejonge.nl/hella/oeuvre/de-slag-om-het-vrouwenhart

Talkshows & debates

De slag om het vrouwenhart: Q&A with cardiologists, an MP, civil society and the director.

Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 16:15

Moderator Freek de Jonge talks with among others Angela MaasLilianne Ploumen and the director: how to get the gender gap in health on the agenda? 

De slag om het vrouwenhart: Q&A with cardiologist Janneke Wittekoek, pharmacologist Antoinette Maass

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 16:30

Moderator Milouska Meulens talks with Janneke Wittekoek, Antoinette Maassen van den Brink and director Hella de Jonge: how to get the gender gap in health on the agenda? 

De slag om het vrouwenhart: Q&A by moderator Chazia Mourali with Harriette Verwey, Paula Mommersteeg

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 18:15

Moderator Chazia Mourali talks with cardiologist Harriette Verwey, biologist Paula Mommersteeg, and director Hella de Jonge: how to get the gender gap in health on the agenda?