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Heart Month 2022


February is American Heart Month and Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System wants to make sure you stay active, educated and healthy. Here are our heart-focused events for the month!

FREE virtual Ask the Experts event

Stopping a leaky heart valve with the MitraClip™ Implant

Mitral Valve Regurgitation also known as a leaky heart valve can lead to heart failure. Join our Board certified cardiologists as they demonstrate how a clip the size of a dime restores normal blood flow through the heart. The MitraClip implant saves lives, significantly reduces hospitalizations and provides a better quality of life.

Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital is the only hospital in the region offering the MitraClip minimally invasive procedure.

The Facebook event takes place Wednesday, February 9 at 4pm. Tune in on Facebook @SVMHS

Patrik Zetterlund, MD, FACC
Interventional Cardiologist

Kanae Mukai, MD, FACC
Cardiovascular Imaging Specialist

Anne Timberlake, RN, MSN
MitraClip TM Program Director

Christianna Kearns
Cardiology, Pulmonary, & Sleep Medicine Director

Ask The Experts Podcasts

Listen to our experts whenever you want! Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System offers the community free health podcasts. Listen to our board certified cardiologists discuss important heart health topics, surgeries and non-invasive procedures.

Heart Health & Cardiovascular Disease with Dr. Vincent DeFilippi, MD
Thoracic and Abdominal Aneurysms with Dr. Andreas Sakopoulos, MD
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) with Dr. Patrik Zetterlund, MD

Other events and resources

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System is a leader in heart disease prevention and treatment. Below are a few other heart-focused resources and events available to the community.

Exercise Challenge

Exercise is one of our best tools towards preventing chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and heart disease. Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System invites you to participate in the 2022 Exercise Challenge as a part of Heart Month. Exercise Challenge is an annual, community-wide fitness challenge that encourages participants to achieve 150-minutes or more of aerobic activity each week during the month of February.

More information about this challenge can be found here.

Para leer esta información y aprender más sobre el Desafío de Ejercicio de SVMHS en español, haga clic aquí.

Walk With A Doc

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System invites the community to Walk With A Doc. An SVMHS provider will answer people’s questions during and after the walk on the specific topic. Participants can have their blood pressure taken and then walk between 1.5- 2 miles. Healthy snacks and health information will be provided to participants.

Join us for the next walk on February 19, 2022 with presenter Jill Socha, PA, as she talks about the risk factors for heart failure.

Register Here / Registrarse Aquí

To learn more about what the Walk With A Doc program is, click here.

Go Red For Women

Celebrate National Wear Red Day® with Go Red For Women on February 4, 2022 to help fight women’s No. 1 killer—heart disease. Join the movement nationwide and learn how you can honor women by going to

Heart Healthy Menu

Nutrition and healthy eating habits are the cornerstone to a healthy heart. Make healthy eating a priority today and try a new and delicious recipe here.

Mended Hearts

Mended Hearts is the country's longest running peer-to-peer cardiac support group, offering unique physician endorsed support model to help heart patients, families and caregivers. For more information, call (831) 755-0772.
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Learn more about our heart care

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System is a leader in heart disease prevention and treatment. To view a list of the awards we have earned for our cardiac care, click here. Find out more about our physicians and services at