BREWSTER, NY — Dr. Patrick Thomas, chief of cardiology and chairman of medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, will be the featured speaker during a free "Healthy Heart Dinner Lecture" at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Putnam Ridge, 46 Ebo Road North, in Brewster.

Dr. Thomas will be speaking about heart disease prevention and will be teaching people about the risk factors of cardiovascular diseases. Thomas is president of the board of the Putnam Heart Walk with the American Heart Association. The Putnam Heart Walk is set for Sunday, April 23, at Brewster High School.

Attendees of the Feb. 16 dinner will learn about the burden of cardiovascular disease in this country, the risk factors that lead to heart attacks and strokes, the difference between men and women regarding cardiovascular disease, and the role of the American Heart Association in prevention.

Putnam Ridge, which is hosting this dinner, offers a range of health care services including comprehensive long-term care, short-term rehabilitation, post-hospital/post-acute care, a secure dementia unit and adult day care. To make reservations for the free dinner lecture, call 845-278-3636.