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Published:  October 30, 2009

Artery Explorer coming to St. Luke's Nov. 11

The Woodlands, TX --The public is invited to take a virtual tour in the Artery Explorer, a mobile motion simulator, to learn about heart health and atherosclerosis, a silent disease that is linked to nearly one in four deaths in U.S.

The Artery Explorer is an interactive motion simulator experience that takes participants on a virtual tour of an artery affected by atherosclerosis alongside red blood cells through the human circulatory system. The educational exhibit will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the new St. Luke's Lakeside Hospital, located on the south side of the St. Luke's The Woodlands Hospital campus on the corner of Hwy. 242 and I-45.

The Artery Explorer is part of the "US AGAINST ATHERO" educational campaign - a nationwide effort to raise awareness of heart disease and specifically atherosclerosis - the progressive build-up of plaque in the walls of the arteries. The Explorer was created to help people understand the potential dangers of atherosclerosis, the risk factors, and what they can do about it.

For many people, the disease may start early in life. And with age, arterial plaque can build up and restrict blood flow. Over time, this disease can eventually clog arteries, limiting or blocking blood flow. Because atherosclerosis usually has no symptoms until the artery becomes completely blocked or severely narrowed, it is important to work with a physician to identify controllable and uncontrollable risk factors for atherosclerosis.

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