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Morton Plant Mease and St. Anthony’s Focus on Affairs of the Heart

CLEARWATER, Fla. (Feb. 2, 2011) – In February, all minds and souls turn to affairs of the heart. At Morton Plant Mease and St. Anthony’s, it’s no different as the leaders in heart care offer lectures and information sessions throughout the Tampa Bay area to help you care for your heart.

From learning how to be your own best heart doctor to discovering the latest in cardiac advancements and treatment, Morton Plant Mease and St. Anthony’s have the information you need. Don’t let it break this month. Keep heart healthy by attending these sessions:

Stress and Your Heart
Wednesday, Feb. 9, Noon
Mease Dunedin Hospital, Meeting Room 3
Cardiologist A-Hamid Hakki, MD, will provide an informative review on how the heart is affected by stress, how it responds and healthy ways to manage stress. A light lunch will be provided. Call (727) 953-6877 for more information.

Be Your Own Best Heart Doctor
Feb. 9, Noon, Auditorium, St. Anthony’s Hospital
1200 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg
Cardiologist David Kohl, MD, will discuss various ways to improve your health and reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. The steps you can take include getting good nutrition, reducing cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, smoking cessation and increasing physical activity. A light lunch will be served. For more information, call (727) 953-6993.

Arrhythmias in Children
Feb. 16, 5:30 p.m., Morton Plant Mease Professional Center North
Educational Center
St. Joseph’s Children’s Specialty Center
3253 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater
(North of Mease Countryside Hospital)
Learn about heart palpitations, the different types of arrhythmias and the latest treatments of arrhythmia in children from pediatric cardiologist Bhavya Trivedi, MD. A light dinner will be provided. Call (813) 644-4336 for information.

Latest Advancements in Cardiovascular Evaluation and Treatment
• Feb. 16, Noon, Aging Well Center Grand Room, The Long Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater
• Feb. 23, Noon, Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 4 & 5, 3231 McMullen Booth Road, Safety Harbor
In this informative lecture, cardiologist Van Q. Nguyen, MD, will discuss cardiovascular disease prevention, the newest emerging technologies for early detection and the latest treatment options available. For more information, call (727) 953-6877.

Attitudes Are the Crayons With Which We Color Our Lives … C.R.A.Y.O.N.S. in Our Palette
Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Heritage Springs Performing Arts Center
11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity
A fun interactive event led by Julia Balzer Riley, a nurse and motivational speaker, in which participants find ways to improve their health and reduce risk of cardiovascular disease by improving their attitudes through creative expression. For information, call (727) 953-6877.

Recent Updates in the Prevention of Heart Disease: It Starts With A Healthy Lifestyle
Feb. 18, 11:30 a.m., St. Anthony’s Hospital Auditorium
1200 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg
Cardiologist Kevin Garner, MD, will discuss the risk factors that contribute to heart disease, and give the latest information on helping to control them. You’ll also find out what the most important “numbers” are and how to manage them. There will be free blood pressure, health and wellness information tables at 10 a.m. Healthy snacks and refreshments will be provided. Call (727) 953-6993 for more information.

You’ve Got Rhythm: Understanding Arrhythmia and Your Heart
Feb. 22, Noon, Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, Conference Center, Room 120
8839 Bryan Dairy Road Largo
Learn about life-threatening and benign rhythm problems from cardiologist Vanessa Lucarella, MD. Find out about the cause, diagnosis and treatment of rhythm problems. A light lunch will be provided. For more information, call (727) 953-6877.

Know Your Numbers -- Achieving Cardiovascular Wellness
Feb. 22, Noon, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, Bekesh Education and Conference Center, 16255 Bay Vista Drive, Clearwater
Learn about the major factors for heart disease that can be prevented or controlled from cardiologist Christos Pitarys, MD, and Marcos Garcia, MD, Internal Medicine. Find out about the five numbers that you need to know to see if you are at risk. Glucose, BMI and BP screenings will be offered. A light lunch will be served. Call (727) 953-6877 for more information.

Latest Advances in the Treatment of Cardiovascular Diseases
Feb. 22, 1:30 p.m., Atria Baypoint Village
7927 State Road 52, Hudson
Learn about the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating heart and vascular diseases from cardiologist Nader Chadda, MD. For information, call (727) 953-6877.

Latest Advances in the Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation
Feb. 23, Noon, Morton Plant Mease Outpatient Center, Community Room
2102 Trinity Oaks Blvd., Trinity
Learn what atrial fibrillation is and the underlying causes of this heart disorder from cardiologist Robert Ledbetter, DO. Treatment options, from medications to minimally invasive procedures, will also be discussed. A light lunch will be provided. For more information, call (727) 953-6877.

Listen To Your Leg Pain: Could That Pain In Your Leg Be Peripheral Arterial Disease?
Feb 24, 3:30 p.m., Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Meeting Room A
300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater
Pain or cramping in your legs when walking or climbing stairs could indicate something serious. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) affects eight- to 12-million Americans. And those over the age of 50 are at a higher risk. Join cardiologist Merrill A. Krolick, DO, for this informative lecture to learn how PAD is detected and the treatment options available.
Refreshments will be served. Call (727) 953-6877 for information.

Heart Health Discussion Panel
Feb. 25, Noon, Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Meeting Rooms A & B
300 Pinellas Street, Clearwater
Join us for a unique opportunity to have an open discussion about a variety of heart-related topics with a panel of physicians including Michelle Zetoony, DO; pulmonologist
Xiomara Ramirez-Ortega, MD, Internal Medicine; cardiologist Kimberly Quick, MD; and Blaine Heric, MD, cardiothoracic surgery. A light lunch will be served. Call (727) 953-6877 for more information.

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BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 195 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at

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