It’s no secret that most people learn by doing. The Greater Nashville Chapter of the American Heart Association is taking that philosophy to “heart,” offering middle Tennesseans a chance to literally get their hands on a heart.
Thursday, Oct. 6, the association will host its annual Hands on Heart Reception. At the event guests will get to:
- hold a human heart
- see a human brain
- watch a robot perform an emergency stroke evaluation
- tour the inside of an ambulance and learn about the latest emergency medical equipment they use to save lives
- undergo hypothermia – applied on purpose in order to keep you alive
- get advance information from the very researchers who are shaping tomorrow’s scientific breakthroughs
The Hands on Heart Reception will also feature CPR demonstrations and help guests understand how they can become advocates for community health. It will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., at the Pinnacle Building in downtown Nashville, 10 Third Ave. South, 7th floor. The presenting sponsor is Healthcare REIT.
According to the association, the event is designed as an interactive cardiovascular science fair and will showcase how research has led to the incredible scientific innovations used in cardiovascular care today. Experts from Vanderbilt, Saint Thomas, TriStar, Nashville Fire Department EMS and the American Heart Association will demonstrate the latest advances.
“Investments in cardiovascular research ensure that all Americans have the most productive and fulfilling lives possible,” says Joey V. Barnett, Ph.D., Vice Chair and Director of Graduate Studies in Pharmacology at Vanderbilt. “Without this research investment, we shortchange the next generation by limiting our ability to have healthy time with them and by failing to offer them healthful choices.”
The event is open to the public, ages 21 and up. Advance reservations are required. For reservations, contact Kelly Greene at [email protected] or call 615.340.4102.
The American Heart Association is a worldwide leader and the largest non-governmental funder of cardiovascular research in the U.S., with more than $3.3 billion in research funded since 1949. Association-funded research has led to monumental breakthroughs such as CPR and drug-eluting stents, as well as seven Nobel Prizes. More than two thousand researchers and scientists are currently being funded, including more than $6 million in active research grants in Middle Tennessee.
Hosts for Hands on Heart will be Nashville Heart Society Benefactors Angela Humphreys, Joe Cashia, Dick and Sharalena Miller, Laurie and Jim Seabury, Keith and Deby Pitts, and Keith Wolken.