SAN PABLO -- Doctors Medical Center will celebrate Valentine's Day with "Heart Smart," a public education forum in observance of American Heart Health Month.

Cardiologists, wellness experts and other health care professionals will talk about preventing heart disease, a leading cause of death in western Contra Costa. There will be presentations on heart health and emergency heart care, plus cooking demonstrations.

"By providing education and awareness about preventing the disease, we can reduce significant social and financial costs to Western Contra Costa, including health care, medication and lost productivity expenses," Eric Zell, chairman of the West Contra Costa Healthcare District board, said in a news release.

The term "heart disease" encompasses a number of conditions, including coronary heart disease, which can cause heart attacks, angina, heart failure and arrhythmias.

Heart Smart is free and open to the public and will include refreshments and giveaways. The event will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at Doctors Medical Center's Outpatient Center, in the Towne Center shopping center, Suite 100A, in San Pablo.

Doctors Medical Center is a community hospital that operates the largest emergency department in western Contra Costa County and treats more than 40,000 emergency department patients each year, according to the news release.


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