National Heart Month at Salem Health

Salem Health will offer a wide array of healthy heart activities for the public during National Heart Month this February!

Wear Red Day — Friday, Feb. 1
Join Salem Health in brightening the hospital and the community by wearing red to kick off National Heart Month and promote heart health.

Free health screenings — Saturday, Feb. 9

Screenings will be offered from 8 to 11 a.m., in the Salem Health Community Health Education Center. Salem Health staff will determine your cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, height and weight — and will help you understand your results.

Please call 503-814-CHEC (2432) to reserve a 15-minute appointment and remember to fast for 12 hours before cholesterol testing!

Talk with a Doc: Heart failure, TAVR and Watchman — Wednesday, Feb. 13 

Attend one of these free interactive sessions with our doctors!

Kaiser Permanente cardiologist Priya Kansal, MD, will share the latest discoveries about heart failure and how to keep your heart healthy; 9 to 10 a.m. in Creekside Overflow.

From 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Dr. Raghu Kamineni will explain TAVR, transcatheter aortic valve replacement. A valve is replaced without removing the old, damaged valve — similar to a stent placed in an artery. This approach delivers a fully collapsible replacement valve to the valve site through a catheter.

Cascade Cardiology electrophysiologist Ashit Patel, MD, will talk about the latest advancement to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation — the tiny Watchman implant; 3 to 4 p.m. in CHEC classrooms 1 - 2.

Heart-healthy Cooking  — Wednesday, Feb. 20

Learn and taste several recipes to satisfy your appetite while protecting your heart. Come hungry and ready to learn; 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the CHEC’s Gehlar Wellness Kitchen. Cost is $15. Register online at or call 503-814-CHEC (2432).

Reducing Sodium in a Salty World — Wednesday, Feb. 27
Enjoy a demo of our popular class by Salem Health dietitians — Reducing Sodium in a Salty World. Get mouth-watering recipes, snack suggestions, nutrition tips. Learn how to reduce sodium when cooking and how to “dine out”; 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the CHEC’s Gehlar Wellness Kitchen. Cost is $5. Register online at or call 503-814-CHEC (2432).

Salem Health CHEC, Gehlar Wellness Kitchen, Creekside Overflow and CHEC classrooms are all located at Salem Hospital, Building D, 939 Oak St. SE, Salem, OR, 97302.