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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 9, 2006

Simulator To Offer Heart Failure Sensations, Information

UI Heart and Vascular Care will offer the community a unique educational experience to learn about heart failure, and even find out what the disorder feels like, on Aug. 22-23.

The Heart FX Pod, a multi-sensory simulator transported on a semi-trailer, allows normally healthy people to experience the world as if they had heart failure for six minutes. The simulation is safe for all participants.

The Heart FX Pod will be open for free tours from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, and Wednesday, Aug. 23. The simulator will be located in the parking lot of the UI Athletics Hall of Fame building at the corner of Mormon Trek Boulevard and Melrose Avenue in Iowa City.

As part of the experience, UI Heart and Vascular Care faculty and staff will offer "Living with Heart Failure," a series of short presentations designed to educate the public about heart failure, how to live with it and treatments of the future. Those sessions will occur from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, in the UI Athletics Hall of Fame building at 2425 Prairie Meadow Drive.

No registration is required but lecture seating is limited. Seating will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945,