A free educational forum on heart disease and stroke will be presented Feb. 10-11 and feature experts from Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

“Your Heart and Vascular Health — Perspectives on Prevention and Treatment of Heart Disease and Stroke” will be presented Tuesday and Wednesday at the Santa Monica Public Library Auditorium. Discussion topics will include risk, prevention and treatment for heart disease and stroke, atrial fibrillation and the “WATCHMAN” device, advanced treatments for stroke and aortic valve replacement.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. In fact, about 600,000 Americans die from heart disease each year that accounts for one in every four deaths. According to doctors, the good news is that they continue to learn about prevention of heart disease and stroke and now have advanced procedures that can stop a heart attack or stroke while in progress, and in some cases, replace a diseased heart valve without open chest surgery.

The forum will conclude with a panel discussion, question and answer session. Presentations will be Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 11, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Santa Monica Public Library Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Seating is limited. Call (310) 829-8453 for reservations.

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