Wednesday, April 14, 2010

CRMC Offers Artery Exploration Exhibit

On Saturday, April 17 Cookeville Regional Medical Center will be the site of a unique experience that will allow individuals to take a 3-D virtual tour in a mobile motion simulator called the Artery Explorer. The multi-sensory experience helps people visualize the progressive buildup of plaque inside the arteries known as atherosclerosis – a silent disease that is linked to nearly one in four deaths in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. The Artery Explorer will be available from 7:00 am until 3:00 pm and will be located in Parking Lot B on the corner of 6th Street and Cedar Avenue (outside the Cancer Center). Presented by AstraZeneca, the experience is free and open to the public as a part of a nationwide campaign called US AGAINST ATHERO to raise awareness of atherosclerosis – the progressive buildup of plaque in the arteries. No registration is required to experience the Artery Explorer. Inside the Artery Explorer, participants travel through the winding path of the human circulatory system as the arteries become narrow and blocked with plaque. Along the way, participants confront common risk factors for atherosclerosis, such as LDL (bad) cholesterol, high blood pressure and smoking. The experience culminates with participants colliding with a blood clot, demonstrating how atherosclerosis can result in a heart attack or stroke. The event is being held in conjunction with Cookeville Regional’s quarterly health fair that will provide numerous affordable and free health screenings from 7:00 am until 10:00 am with the Artery Explorer being available until 3:00 pm. To register for the health screenings, please call the Community Wellness Department at 931-783-2587 or visit the hospital website at to register on-line. Again, registration is not required for the Artery Explorer.