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Heart Month 2024


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

FREE Virtual Ask the Experts Presentation

According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and throughout the world.

In this Ask the Experts presentation, interventional cardiologist Rikin Kadakia, MD, will discuss the conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels, risk factors, how to prevent these diseases and how to treat them.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024
6:00 pm PST
Rikin Kadakia, MD
Interventional Cardiologist

Presentación Virtual GRATIS de Ask the Experts

Según la Organización Mundial de la Salud, las enfermedades cardiovasculares son la principal causa de muerte en los Estados Unidos y en todo el mundo.

En esta presentación de Ask the Experts, la enfermera de cardiología Alejandra Garcia, RN, compartirá valiosa información sobre las enfermedades cardiovasculares, los factores de riesgo, cómo prevenirlas y tratarlas.

Miércoles, 21 de febrero, 2024
6:00 pm hora del pacífico
Alejandra García, RN
Enfermera de Cardiología

Ask The Experts Podcasts

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

In this podcast, cardiothoracic surgeon, Vincent DeFilippi, MD, discusses how the obesity epidemic is having an impact on heart disease. Love your heart. We do.

En este podcast, el cirujano cardiotorácico, Vincent DeFilippi, MD, analiza como la epidemia de obesidad está teniendo un impacto en las enfermedades cardíacas. Ama tu corazón, igual que nosotros.

In this Ask the Experts presentation from 2023, our cardiologists Richard Gerber, MD, and Yousef Hindi, MD, demonstrate how they perform minimally invasive lifesaving procedures using our highly advanced technology in our Cath Lab.
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 Health 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 Health invites you to participate in the 2024 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 Salinas Valley Health en español, haga clic aquí.

Walk With A Doc

Salinas Valley Health invites the community to Walk With A Doc. An Salinas Valley Health provider will answer people’s questions during and after the walk on the specific topic. Participants can walk between 1.5- 2 miles. Healthy snacks and health information will be provided to participants.

Join us for the next walk on February 10, 2024.

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 2, 2024 to help fight women’s No. 1 killer—heart disease. Join the movement nationwide and learn how you can honor women by going to

February Red Hat Campaign

Every baby born at Salinas Valley Health Medical Center during the month of February will go home with a hand-made red hat courtesy of our own dedicated hat making volunteers and the American Heart Association Little Hats Big Hearts campaign.

Heart Healthy Recipes

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.

Tuesday, February 20 at 6:00pm Downing Resource Center (located below the parking structure) Conference Rooms ABC 450 East Romie Lane, Salinas
Speaker: Kanai Mukai, MD
Topic: Early Diagnosis and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease

Learn more about our heart care

Salinas Valley Health 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 Cardiologists in Salinas, CA | Cardiac Care in Monterey County (

See a full list of events and activities here.