FREE Ask The Experts Presentation
SALINAS, CA, February 13, 2019- The time to learn about heart care and heart procedures is before you
need that specialty care. February Heart Month Ask The Experts by Salinas
Valley Memorial Healthcare System offers the community life saving information.
The free community event on Thursday, February 21 is a unique evening
that will demonstrate what happens when a 911 call launches our cardiac
team into action. Guests will feel as if they are in the operating room
as they witness physicians performing highly advanced, minimally invasive,
lifesaving procedures currently being performed at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital.
“Advancements in technology are making it easier for people in fragile
health to undergo certain cardiac procedures,” says Pete Delgado,
President/CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. “At
our Ask The Experts event, guests will see our physicians in action demonstrating
minimally invasive lifesaving techniques. They will feel as if they are
part of our cardiac team while learning the steps and techniques involved.”
Board certified physicians Patrik Zetterlund, MD, FACC, Vincent DeFilippi,
MD, FACS and Richard Gerber, MD, FACC are the featured speakers at this
Heart Health forum. The physicians will demonstrate how the Percutaneous
Coronary Intervention (PCI) and the Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
(TAVR) procedures are performed and explain who is best suited for these
“Our guests will see a live demonstration of how Dr. Patrik Zetterland
and I perform a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement in the cardiac
catheterization lab,” says Vincent DeFilippi, MD, FACS. “It’s
a minimally invasive procedure for people with severe aortic stenosis.
It drastically improves recovery time and quality of life.”
Kassi Lippke, an exercise physiologist at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare
System’s Cardiac Wellness Center will round out the panel presentations.
Lippke will focus on the type of care and support cardiac patients need
and most people can benefit from practicing on their own.
During the reception hour prior to the main program cardiac electrophysiologist
Yuji Saito, MD, PhD, FACP, FACC will perform an interactive presentation
on the implantation of The Watchman devise which reduces the risk of strokes
that originate in the left atrial appendage. SVMHS is the only hospital
in Monterey County offering this minimally invasive procedure which reduces
a person’s risk for stroke and can eliminate the need for blood thinners.
The Ask the Experts
The Heart of Innovative Care presentation will take place Thursday, February 21. Doors open at 5:30pm
with an interactive hour of presentations. There will be healthy appetizers
and a health information fair. The free event takes place at the Ryan
Ranch Center for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging located at 5 Lower Ragsdale
in Monterey. Seating is limited. RSVP is required. To register visit svmh.com/asktheexperts
or call 831-759-1890. Spanish language interpreter and listening equipment
available upon request when registering.