Crescenta Valley High School Students Visit Huntington Hospital to Learn the Latest in Cardiology

February 28, 2018

Crescenta Valley High School students visit Huntington Hospital to learn the latest in cardiology

On February 21, students from Crescenta Valley High School visited Huntington Hospital as part of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) STEM Goes Red program. STEM Goes Red is a year-long engagement program which gives high school junior and senior girls the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering and math outside the classroom.

During their visit, the girls attended a presentation by Alex Durairaj, MD, medical director, cardiovascular services, Huntington Hospital, where he shared the latest treatments for coronary heart disease, valve disease and arrhythmias. Following the presentation, Dr. Durairaj answered the girls’ questions and spoke to them about what it is like to choose a career in medicine.

“I was so excited to learn about the latest technological advancements for coronary heart disease, valve disease and arrhythmias treatments,” said Merin Padayatty, STEM Goes Red participant. “I was most surprised to learn how stress has an active role for triggering the formation of plaque in arteries. I'm grateful that at the end of the trip, we were able to have a more personal discussion with Dr. Durairaj and learn about his career path and his passion behind becoming a cardiologist.”

Huntington Hospital is proud to participate in this program with the AHA, not only advancing research and awareness for women’s heart health, but encouraging more women to pursue careers in science and medicine.

For more information about STEM Goes Red Los Angeles, please visit: https://ahalosangeles.ejoinme.org/STEMGoesRed

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