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ASK THE EXPERTS: “KEYS TO A HEALTHY HEART”

FREE PUBLIC EVENT FEATURES CONVERSATION WITH HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS, HEALTH SCREENINGS AND COUNSELING

What: Free public seminar/reception/health screenings

When: Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Health Screenings 4:30 - 6:30 
Reception 5:30 - 6:30
Lectures and Q&A 6:30 - 8:00

Where: Salinas Valley Memorial's Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center, 5 Lower Ragsdale Drive, Ryan Ranch

Background: Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System's Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center is hosting a free event for the public, focusing on the latest diagnostic heart technologies along with tips for maintaining a healthy heart. The event will include free health screenings for cholesterol and blood pressure along with diet and diabetes counseling. A reception with healthy appetizers will start off the evening, followed by a panel presentation on "Keys to a Healthy Heart." The panel of healthcare professionals includes:

Timothy Albert, MD, Board Certified Cardiologist, Advanced Imaging Specialist and Director of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System's Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center
Topic: How Advanced Imaging Can Detect Early Heart Disease

Christopher Oh, MD, Board Certified Cardiologist, Advanced Imaging Specialist and Associate Director of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System's Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center
Topic: Heart Disease Diagnosis and Prevention: Are There Differences Between Men and Women When it Comes to Heart Disease?

Lisa Hungate, RN, Manager of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System's Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center
Topic: Heart Health and Quality of Life: What Do the Two Have in Common?

This event is free and open to the public, however space is limited. Reserve your space today by calling 759-1890, or register online at www.svmh.com/healthyheart

About Salinas Valley Memorial's Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center:

The Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center (CVDC) at Ryan Ranch brings together experts in cardiology and advanced cardiovascular imaging with state-of-the-art technologies. Designated as the primary cardiac MRI research site in the United States for Toshiba America Medical Systems, the CVDC has some of the most advanced technology available today anywhere in the world.

Our MRI offers unprecedented clarity and detail without radiation. Unlike many other non-invasive cardiac imaging tests, MRI studies at the CVDC can often be done without contrast agents or IVs. Our revolutionary 320-slice CT scanner allows faster and safer imaging of the heart and heart arteries, with patients exposed to 80% less radiation than other similar devices.

The CVDC is also a key venue for educating and training physicians from around the country and a site for both academic- and industry- sponsored research that will keep the CVDC on the leading edge of cardiovascular care.

First and foremost, however, it is our goal to help our patients take steps to identify, reduce or manage the risk of cardiovascular disease. Excellence in clinical care, research and education are the guiding principles of Salinas Valley Memorial's Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center.

Note to Editors: High resolution photos of our three presenters are available for download at http://www.svmh.com/about/news/news_imagedownload.aspx



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