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.
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