Heart disease is the leading killer of women, in part because women’s symptoms vary from the classic symptoms, primarily found in men. Dedicated to educating women about prevention and treating women with heart disease, the Women’s Heart Center of Pacific Heart Institute will present a women’s heart disease symposium Feb. 28 in Santa Monica.

More than 200 people are expected to attend this second annual symposium, sponsored by the pharmaceutical and biotech industries as well as the Saint John’s Foundation of Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Highlights of this year’s event will include a focus on pregnancy and an exercise segment which will be punctuated by an exercise program created by cardiologists utilizing FitBit.

Nationally recognized cardiologists also will discuss the latest cardiac devices including home monitoring devices, stroke prevention and irregular heartbeats in women. The speakers will include Pacific Heart Institute experts as well as national leaders in the field of women’s heart disease.

Heart specialists will discuss a range of women’s heart health issues including pregnancy and heart disease, risks associated with hormone replacement therapy, atrial fibrillation and other irregular heart rhythms, the latest cardiac devices including home monitoring devices, cholesterol and blood pressure guidelines and treatments, heart disease and stroke preventions and exercise, and how over-the-counter medications can help or harm your cardiovascular health.

The event will be held at Casa del Mar Hotel, 1910 Ocean Way, on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To attend, email RSVP@pacificheart.com or visit www.pacificheart.com for more information.

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