British Heart Foundation to host family science day

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This Saturday 6th June, The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is hosting a free interactive science day called ‘The Heart Experience’ for families at Manchester Art Gallery from 11am to 4pm.

Young people taking part will learn how the heart works and how it pumps blood around the body, finding out what causes it to stop beating, as well as hearing about the latest life saving research and how it makes a difference.

Cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and strokes, kills almost 19,000 people in the North West each year and nearly 6,500 in Greater Manchester alone.

The incredible day will include practical ‘hands-on’ demonstrations where children can become medical scientists for the day and learn about the heart’s structure, blood vessels and how they become diseased, and curing heart disease.

The next generation of medical boffins will also be able to practise saving someone’s life with the latest CPR training kits.

Other activities at the free event include assessing the heart using technology and practical demonstrations of how surgeons use tiny balloons to fix arteries after a heart attack.

Heart experts will be on hand to run the activities and talk about the impact their pioneering research is having on people’s health.

There’s no need to book ahead as you can just turn up on the day.

Professor Ann Canfield, from the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Manchester, says “We want the youth of today to be enthusiastic about science and this event is a great way to showcase the exciting world of medical research. Hopefully they will be inspired to one day find the next life saving cure for heart disease.”

From 8-10 June, Manchester will host the British Cardiovascular Society’s annual conference, the UK’s premier conference for cardiovascular medicine and research.

This public event ahead of the conference is an opportunity for families to find out more about the heart and blood vessels and research to help fight conditions like heart attack and heart failure.

The BHF is the leading independent funder of cardiovascular research in the UK and is currently funding more than £16 million of research in Manchester.

For more information about The Heart Experience interactive day visit: www.bhf.org.uk/heartexperience

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