Community Events

The Knight Cardiovascular Institute hosts many community events throughout the year as part of our mission to improve the health of all Oregonians.  

Lecture dates coming soon.

View more upcoming lectures available at OHSU

Recordings of past lectures:

  • Can Heart Disease Be Prevented Naturally? - May 2016
    By Tracy Severson, R.D., L.D.
    Heart disease is one of the most common problems in America. Learn how you can prevent or even treat it using food and other natural remedies.

  • Should You Be Screened for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm? - April 2016
    By Cherrie Abraham, M.D.
    Recent evidence strongly recommends abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening with ultrasound if you are male, age 65 and over. Even if this doesn’t describe you, you may still be at risk. Learn about symptoms, diagnosis and the screening procedures for this lethal disease.

  • Women and Heart Disease: Know the Facts - February 2016
    By Shimoli Shah, M.D.
    Heart disease is the most common disease in the U.S. Learn about symptoms, risk factors and prevention tips specific to women.

  • Living with Heart Failure - February 2016
    By Christopher Chien, M.D.
    Advances in treatment are helping people with heart failure live longer, fuller lives. Learn more from a team of experts in cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation, pharmacy and nutrition.

  • Beer, Chocolate and Heart Failure - February 2016
    By Jonathan Davis, M.D., M.P.H.S.
    Want to avoid heart disease? The first step is to examine your lifestyle: Diet, exercise, sleep and stress can all play a part. Find out more about what you can do to protect your heart.

  • Are Heart Attacks in Your Genes? Learn How to Fight Them - December 2015
    By Sergio Fazio, M.D., Ph.D.
    Learn how the entire family fits into your risk for a heart attack. Factors such as family history, genetics and environment could leave you predisposed. Find out what tests can determine your risk and what you can do to prevent a heart attack.

  • Five Ways You Can Manage Congestive Heart Failure - November 2015
    By Jill Gelow, M.D., M.P.H.
    Congestive heart failure sounds scary, but it can be managed. If you’ve been diagnosed with congestive heart failure find out what you can do to feel better, including medication and therapy options.

  • Type 2 Diabetes: Fact or Fiction - October 2014
    By Andrew Ahmann, M.D.
    Learning you have Type 2 diabetes and figuring out how to best manage your disease can be confusing. Find out the latest information -- and eliminate the misinformation -- on how to live well with Type 2 diabetes, including new research, classes, care and medications.

  • Living with heart failure - October 2014
    Advances in treatment are helping people with heart failure live longer, fuller lives. Learn more from a team of experts in cardiology, cardiac rehab, pharmacy and nutrition.

  • New treatments for heart valve disease - February 2014
    Whether you have stenosis, regurgitation or prolapsed valves, learn about exciting new therapies that can help. 

  • How to reduce stroke risk in atrial fibrillation - February 2014
    Do you have atrial fibrillation (AFib)? AFib greatly increases the risk of a stroke. Learn how you can help beat those odds. 

  • Change your heart disease genes - February 2013
    Scientists have discovered that it’s not bad genes but generations of poor nutrition that cause heart disease. Learn how to change the fate of your family tree. 

  • When is surgery right for clogged coronary arteries - February 2013
    Learn about the surgical treatments of atherosclerosis and when they might be right for you.

  • Heart care for type 2 diabetes - February 2013
    Learn about the unique heart care needs for people with type 2 diabetes, from the co-directors of the OHSU Heart Disease and Diabetes Program. 

  • Heart attacks: avoiding a broken heart - February 2012
    Can we really prevent heart attacks? Learn how. 

  • The new era of cardiac surgery - February 2012
    Learn about the latest breakthroughs from the co-inventor of the first successful artificial heart valve. 

  • How to make your spouse healthier - November 2011
    Do you know somebody who needs healthy motivation? Learn from OHSU Preventive Cardiology’s top lifestyle coach about nutrition, exercise, stress and heart screenings.

  • New ways to prevent heart attacks - February 2011
    Learn about what is new in prevention and the latest research findings.

Group meetings

Heart Protection Kitchen - Cooking Your Way to a Healthier Heart
OHSU cardiovascular and Cardiac Rehabilitation patients are invited to join us for a free heart-healthy cooking demonstration led by cardiovascular health experts including physicians, physician assistants, a James Beard-award winning chef, and a registered dietitian nutritionist. The demonstrations highlight fast, affordable, and simple cooking techniques to help you prepare healthy and tasty meals at home. Samples are provided. 

Upcoming cooking demonstration:
-  Nov. 14, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
-  Dec. 5, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Located in the Teaching Kitchen at March Wellness, OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 2nd floor
For more information, call 503-494-5690 or email To view recipes and videos from past classes, please visit our website.

Stress Reduction Class
This class teaches skills to develop greater presence of mind, concentration, deep relaxation, and mental and emotional clarity, all which have proven health benefits for cardiovascular disease.

The second and fourth Thursday each month, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Located at the OHSU Center for Health & Healing, 3rd floor, room 5
For more information: