Everyone has heard of an MRI scan, but do you know how it works, or how they revolutionise detection of heart disease? Everyone has seen scientists peering into microscopes, but do you know how microscopes with fluorescence are used to identify genetic disease? Join us to see how scientists are able to ‘hack’ into the science of the heart. Expect enthusiastic scientists, model hearts, a chance to turn your phone into a microscope, and a demo involving a gin and tonic… Please note that this event takes place on the ground floor and is accessible for those with impaired mobility.
In the UK heart attacks cause one death around every eight minutes. Early and accurate diagnosis can lead to better treatment and improve prognosis. Magnetic resonance imaging is the most accurate technique to image the heart in detail and to assess how ischemic damage (restriction in blood supply) can affect its function.
About 1 in 500 people have a mutation in a gene that means their heart won’t work properly. About 11,000 people in Yorkshire know that they have a bad gene, but many more do not. This disease is known as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and it can be a silent killer. For example, the rugby player Danny Jones died after collapsing on the pitch during a match, not realising he was suffering from this disease. I will talk about how the heart works, what an amazing organ it is, and how inherited mutations affect its ability to work properly.
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