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Da Vinci Science Center visitors can walk through a 26-foot-long inflatable heart exhibit on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, as the Center hosts a special I Heart My Heart event.
The one-day-only event also gives visitors opportunities to meet heart doctors from Lehigh Valley Heath Network (LVHN), observe presentations from those doctors, learn hands-only CPR techniques, and take part in hands-on and hearts-on activities for kids. February is known widely as American Heart Month and the event is intended to teach kids about how their hearts work, how they can ensure that their hearts remain healthy, and what it would be like to be a heart surgeon.
Known as The MEGA Heart, the inflatable exhibit shows visitors a variety of heart functions, disease symptoms, and medical treatments. The only portable walk-through heart exhibit of its kind, The MEGA Heart has been featured on nationally-syndicated television programs including The Doctors and The Dr. Oz Show.
Guest doctors from LVHN include cardiothoracic surgeon Raymond L. Singer, M.D., who will talk to families about a day in the life of a heart surgeon; cardiologist Nainesh C. Patel, M.D., who will focus on the anatomy of the heart and heart attacks; and cardiologist Matthew W. Martinez, M.D., who will teach families about Automated External Defibrillator (AED) devices. Each LVHN doctor will do one large group presentation and an hour of one-on-one Meet the Doctor presentations during which families can talk with the doctors and see some of the exciting tools the doctors use in their work. Specific program times can be found on the web at davincisciencecenter.org/heart.
The Da Vinci Science Center’s I Heart My Heart event on Presidents Day weekend is sponsored by Bob and Sandy Lovett and developed in partnership with LVHN. The heart exhibit will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and the programs and activities will take place throughout the day. The entire I Heart My Heart event is included with paid Center admission or membership.