Briarcrest High School Students Have The Ultimate Hands-On Heart Lesson—With REAL Human Hearts
Briarcrest high school students in Darlene Buckner’s morning Anatomy classes got a unique opportunity to hold and examine real human heart specimens and participate in a one-of-a-kind classroom lesson given by Dr. Muhammad Janjua, a cardiologist with St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett, and Robin Bozarth, anatomical manager for the Medical Education and Research Institute this morning.
Students had an up-close-and-personal look at the huge differences between how a healthy heart looks and feels versus an unhealthy one damaged by heart disease, high blood pressure, smoking or other factors. “Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer of Americans,” said cardiologist Dr. Muhammad Janjua. “This disease takes more lives than all forms of cancer combined. “Up to 80 percent of cardiovascular disease is preventable through healthy lifestyle choices,” he added.
“What a unique opportunity this is for our students to participate in such an advanced anatomy program,” said Briarcrest High School Principal Eric Sullivan. “This type of exposure to real human hearts usually isn’t experienced until students take advanced classes in college,” he added.
Photojournalist Karen Focht was on hand and captured the classroom lesson. To see more, click on links: