Documentary suggests cardiologists prefer to react, not prevent heart attacks

"The Widowmaker," a documentary released today, suggests heart disease is entirely preventable with technology that already exists, according to a review in the LA Times.

Directed by Patrick Forbes, the documentary juxtaposes the development of surgically implanted stents, which cost tens of thousands of dollars but are commonly used, with the $100 coronary calcium scan, which has been comparatively ignored by healthcare professionals, according to the film.

The documentary explores the debate surrounding the use of the reactive, expensive stent procedure versus the proactive, more cost-effective scans.

"It illuminates yet another way that mainstream medicine thrives on crisis rather than health," the reviewer writes.

Watch the trailer here.


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