WHAT: “The Artery Explorer” mobile exhibit is an interactive experience that takes participants on a journey through arteries affected by atherosclerosis. This is the buildup of plaque within the walls of arteries that can lead to heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 (the tour lasts five minutes)
WHERE: UT Health Science Center San Antonio, Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio 78229
WHO: Coronary heart disease affects 1.2 million Americans each year and is the No. 1 killer in the United States. Another 750,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year related to atherosclerosis, which develops silently.
The visit is sponsored by the UT Heart-Lung-Vascular Center, part of UT Medicine San Antonio, the School of Medicine’s physician practice group.
NOTES: This multisensory motion simulator uses computer-generated visuals to vividly illustrate the causes, progress and consequences of atherosclerosis. Inside the Artery Explorer, participants travel alongside red blood cells through the winding path of the human circulatory system with the motion simulator twisting and turning to emphasize the narrowed and blocked arteries illustrated on a video screen.
The exhibit, which is being presented on Veterans Day, was created to help people understand the potential dangers of atherosclerosis, the risk factors and what they can do about it.
Members of the public are welcome; parking is for a small charge.
Interviews with a cardiologist may be arranged through External Affairs.
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