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Heart attack - Behind the scenes

What goes on behind the scenes when someone has a heart attack.

When someone has a heart attack, a complex series of medical procedures go a long way towards keeping the patient alive. What goes on behind the scenes? Working alongside the cardiologists and nurses, pathologists rapidly carry out critical tests to confirm the diagnosis for the appropriate treatment. But many heart attacks are fatal! What can an autopsy tell us? As experts in disease, pathologists can explain the biological changes that cause the coronary arteries to ‘fur up', become blocked and bring on a heart attack.

This week is National Pathology Week. Watch a live dissection of a pig's heart to reveal more about the structure and function of this incredible organ. Join pathologist Dr Suzy Lishman and her team from the Royal College of Pathologists, and British Heart Foundation cardiologist Professor Peter Weissberg for a fascinating guided tour inside the heart.

In partnership with the Royal College of Pathologists and the British Heart Foundation.


Dr Suzy Lishman | talks
Prof Peter Weissberg | talks | www


Date and Time:

5 November 2009 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



The Royal Institution
21 Albemarle Street
020 7409 2992

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