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Queen of the Valley Medical Center and the American Heart Association present Napa’s First "Heart of the Valley Expo" and "Heart Safe Project"


(Napa, CA) - On February 26th, during National Heart Month, Queen of the Valley Medical Center and the American Heart Association (AHA) will present two inaugurate events at the Marriott Hotel & Spa in Napa.

In the afternoon, beginning at 2:30 p.m., the first "Heart of the Valley Expo" will provide free, educational presentations on how to live, eat, work and enjoy your way to excellent heart health. A series of free education programs including "Atrial Fibrillation." "Heart Healthy Foods," "Peripheral Artery Disease," "Core Fitness for Older Adults," "How Safe is My Heart During Sleep?", "Emotional Support for Caregivers" and other important topics.Free cholesterol and blood pressure testing will also be offered to the first 70 people.

That same evening, a dinner and fundraiser for "Project Heart Safe" will launch an initiative to install automatic external defibrillators (AED) in areas of need throughout Napa County. The featured speaker will be C. Tissa Kappagoda, MD, PhD, who will provide a presentation entitled "Wine, Grapes & Cardiovascular Health." Dr. Kappagoda has been a frequent lecturer throughout Europe and Asia on topics related to the effects of nutrition, natural food colorings and over consumption on obesity and health.

DATE: February 26, 2011

PLACE: Marriott Hotel & Spa, 3425 Solano Avenue, Napa

"Heart of the Valley" Expo

Time: 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Cost: Free

"Project Heart Safe" Dinner & Auction
Time: 6:30 to 9:00pm
Cost: $75.00 per person

2:30 pm Atrial Fibrillation Richard Hongo, MD Carneros
Heart Disease Robert Klingman, MD Howell Mountain*
Peripheral Artery Disease Alexander Fraley, MD Mt. Veeder
3:30 pm Heart Healthy Foods Kerry White, RD Howell Mountain*
Behavior Modification Tawnya Dorn, RD Mt. Veeder
Pre-Diabetes Nita Durham, RD Carneros
4:30 pm How Safe is My Heart During Sleep? Hossein Razavi, MD Howell Mountain*
Core Fitness for Older Adults Shelley Gittings, CPT Mt. Veeder
Emotional Support for Caregivers

Janelle Sellick


* Offered in Spanish via simultaneous translation

To register for the "Heart of the Valley" Expo and/or the "Project Heart Safe" Dinner & Auction, please call 1-877 QUEEN LINE (1-877-783-3654).

About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 191-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include: a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, a Women’s Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke." The association's impact goal is, by 2020, to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent. To learn more, visit

Queen of the Valley Medical Center was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Its mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by continually improving the health and quality of life of people in the communities we serve.

For a free physician referral call 1-877-QUEEN LINE (1-877-783-3654) or visit

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