MEGA Heart exhibit to visit OHSU in advance of Heart & Stroke Walk

05/15/12  Portland, Ore.

OHSU's clinical chief of cardiovascular medicine will lead tours of the large, inflatable heart to help raise awareness of America&'s No. 1 killer: heart disease

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The largest inflatable, walk-through heart exhibit on the planet is headed to Oregon Health & Science University in advance of the American Heart Association's 2012 Heart & Stroke Walk, May 19.

OHSU patients, visitors and staff will get a sneak peek of the MEGA Heart on Friday, May 18, in the lobby of the OHSU Center for Health & Healing on South Waterfront.

Beginning at 1 p.m., Joaquin Cigarroa, M.D., clinical chief of OHSU's Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and president of the Oregon-Southwest Washington American Heart Association, will lead tours of the MEGA Heart, highlighting the various features and functions of the heart, explaining heart disease types and how to prevent them, and discussing the latest medical treatments for heart problems.

The MEGA Heart, which is approximately 21 feet long, 15 feet wide and 12 feet high, also will be on display Saturday, May 19, during the 2012 AHA Heart & Stroke Walk.


Friday, May 18, 1 p.m.


OHSU Center for Health & Healing first-floor atrium.
3303 S.W. Bond Ave., Portland, OR 97239


The MEGA Heart has been featured on "The Dr. Oz Show" and the "The Doctors" TV Show, among other venues.

Find out how to participate in the 2012 Heart & Stroke Walk online or by calling 503 233-0100.

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is the state's only health and research university and its only academic health center. As Portland's largest employer, OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in the state. OHSU serves patients from every corner of the state and is a conduit for learning for more than 4,300 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to each county in the state.