Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Announce Community Event for Heart Valve Disease Education


Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, a leading Cardiovascular Center of Excellence, and, the largest online resource for patients with heart valve disease, announced today a special event to raise awareness and to educate the community about heart valve disorders including narrow heart valves (e.g. aortic stenosis) and leaking heart valves (e.g. mitral regurgitation).

“Research suggests that over 5 million people in the United States are living with some form of valvular dysfunction,” notes Junaid Khan, M.D., cardiac and thoracic surgeon at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, “This event will address the causes, the symptoms and the treatment of heart valve disease.”

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is recognized by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development for it superb cardiac outcomes. As one of the largest programs in the state, last year, Alta Bates Summit treated over 4,700 cardiac patients.

“I am honored by the invitation to speak at this special event,” notes Adam Pick, founder of and a former double heart valve surgery patient. “Alta Bates Summit continues to demonstrate a unique commitment to patient and caregiver education. Those who attend will greatly benefit from this discussion.”

Dr. Khan and Pick will share their clinical experiences and patient research specific to valvular disease and treatment during the event titled, “Find A Healthy Beat: Important Information for People with Heart Murmurs”. The event will begin at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard in Lafayette, California.

The evening will end with a complimentary book-signing in which Pick will provide each attendee an autographed copy of his book, The Patient’s Guide To Heart Valve Surgery.

To register for the event, please dial 510-869-6737 or email carrole(at)sutterhealth(dot)org.

About offers patients a trusted, end-to-end platform for learning about heart valve repair and heart valve replacement surgery. The platform includes a social network, a surgeon finder, a cardiac clinic directory, a blog, a book and educational videos.

During 2011, received 1.2 million visits while expanding its online library to over 10,000 pages of free information. For more, please visit

About Alta Bates Summit Medical Center

With more than 100 years of commitment to the communities it serves, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is the East Bay’s largest private, not-for-profit medical center. With over 1,000 beds, 5,000 employees and 1,000 physicians, this multi-campus regional, tertiary care medical center is honored as one of the foremost hospitals in the country for clinical excellence, quality outcomes and patient safety.

Located in the heart of the San Francisco East Bay Area, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center is part of Sutter Health, one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit networks of community health services. For more information about Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, visit their website at

Contact Robyn Podell, Director of Communications (310) 721-0587 robyn(at)heartvalvesurgery(dot)com

Contact Alta Bates Summit Medical Center Carolyn Kemp, Public Relations (510) 869-8220 kempc2(at)sutterhealth(dot)org


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