Live Longer, Live Stronger—How the Heart Ages

Date(s) - Wednesday, May 5
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Fleet Science Center


Join Dr. Karen Ocorr from the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute as she talks about her research for heart disease cures.
Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat that can form blood clots in the chambers of the heart and lead to stroke, heart failure and other cardiovascular symptoms. Medical professionals predict that by 2030, atrial fibrillation will affect 12 million people in the US. The chance of experiencing atrial fibrillation increases with age, but other factors such as type II diabetes, genetics and the environment also play an important role. Dr. Karen Occor uses beating heart cells, zebrafish and fruit flies to identify the underlying causes of atrial fibrillation. Her important work may lead to breakthrough therapies and cures for heart disease. Join Dr. Occor to learn more about her research.
This is the third lecture in a five-part series called “Live Longer, Live Stronger Lecture Series” presented by the Fleet Science Center in partnership with the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute.

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