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SVMHS Offers Free “Ask the Experts” Community Event

Media Contact: Karina Rusk 831-759-1843

SALINAS, CA, February 4, 2014 – Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) is kicking off it’s 2014 Ask the Experts lecture series with a free community event at the National Steinbeck Center to celebrate February Heart Health month. The popular forum will take place Wednesday, February 12 and include free health screenings, a cooking demonstration, appetizers and a distinguished panel of physicians from SVMHS sharing the very latest medical advancements and heart related information.

The community event provides the public an opportunity to learn about heart disease, prevention and treatment. Before the panel discussion gets underway, registered nurses will be offering free health screenings to measure blood pressure, BMI and weight. Delicious heart healthy appetizers will be served and there will be a live cooking demonstration from Chef Kari Bernardi from Healthy Eating Lifestyle Principals (HELP).

The main event is a panel presentation featuring four leading experts in cardiac care - Vincent DeFilippi, MD, Harlan Grogin, MD, Christopher Oh, MD and Patrik Zetterlund, MD. Each will share their insightful expertise on what you can do to take care of yourself and your loved ones. The panel topics will explore valvular heart disease, atrial fibrillation, prevention and emerging endovascular therapies. Following the presentations, the audience has a chance to Ask the Experts their own questions.

The Regional Heart Center at SVMHS is Monterey County’s only accredited Chest Pain Center and has earned The Joint Commission “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” by demonstrating exemplary performance in the areas of heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia. 

Please join SVMHS Ask the Experts community event on February 12 at the National Steinbeck Center located at 1 Main Street, Salinas. Doors open at 5pm with the physician presentations beginning at 6pm. For more information call 831-759-1890 or visit

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