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School talk is all heart

16 July 2018

Health Care

Dr Thuraia Nageh, Consultant Cardiologist at Southend Hospital, along with Senior Cardiac Physiologists, Zoe Heath and Stephanie Austin, recently led a seminar on the heart for Year 6 Pupils at St Michael’s School, Leigh-on-Sea.

The pupils learnt how to perform hands only bystander cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), as well as listening to a talk on how our hearts work, what can go wrong with the heart and what we can do to treat various forms of heart disease.

They also had the opportunity to take part in practical scenarios such as a demonstration of an echocardiogram, which is an ultrasound scan used to look at the heart and nearby blood vessels - for which Dr Nageh volunteered her own son, who attends the school.

Pupils also learnt about the use of stethoscopes to listen to heart sounds, use pulseoximeters, which use infrared light to monitor pulse rate and the oxygenation of a patient's blood, as well as a guided tour around a giant heart model.

Dr Nageh said: "The children's keenness and enthusiasm was clear from all the questions they asked and they were all very engaged and involved in the practical demonstrations. Basic CPR does save lives and I'd love to see it taught in all schools."