The latest Ask the Experts presentation by Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) is an informative and interactive evening with four cardiac specialists who will celebrate February Heart Month in a unique way. The free event on Thursday, February 16 focuses on heart health and includes food, valuable information, engaging demonstrations and giveaways.

“This will be an extraordinary heart health presentation,” says Pete Delgado, President/CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. “People who attend this free event will go home with a deeper understanding about the importance of caring for their heart and see firsthand how our team uses advanced technology to treat heart problems.”

Board certified cardiac specialists Vincent DeFilippi, MD, FACS, Harlan Grogin, MD, FACC, Christopher Oh, MD, FACC, and Steven Regwan, DO, FACC are featured speakers. The audience will rotate in groups to each of the unique presentations. Dr. DeFilippi has performed more than five thousand heart surgeries during his career and is consistently named one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly. He will give the audience an operating room like demonstration of how he repairs and replaces a heart valve while explaining the benefits of this procedure.

The other topics will be equally fascinating as Dr. Grogin shows the audience one option for treating the heart condition atrial fibrillation or AFib. Dr. Grogin will illustrate how he performs ablation therapy and describe how the technique can help fix an irregular heartbeat. This demonstration features mapping and insertion of catheters into a heart. Dr. Regwan will access the heart through the wrist via the radial artery and insert a catheter into the heart for an important diagnostic cardiac test. Dr. Oh’s has teamed up with Taylor Farms to focus on how the right food can be powerful medicine in supporting a healthy heart and even reversing heart disease.

“We will be performing several procedures including heart valve surgery using a pig’s heart,” says Vincent DeFilippi, MD, FACS, Director of Cardiac Surgery at SVMHS. “Our guests will see for themselves procedures that save lives. It will be a remarkable evening.”

The Ask the Experts Heart Health presentation will take place Thursday, February 16th. Doors open at 5pm with music, appetizers and health information fair. Location is the Ryan Ranch Center for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging, 5 Lower Ragsdale in Monterey. There will be a raffle drawing for a free Fitbit and free heart calcium score test. Seating is limited. RSVP is required. Please call 831-757-3627 or register on line at svmh.com/asktheexperts. Spanish language interpreter and listening equipment available upon request during free ticket reservation.