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St. Anthony’s Hospital Shines Light on Heart During Heart Health Awareness Month

St. Petersburg, Fla. (Jan. 12, 2012) – Especially in February, the heart takes center stage. Take advantage of this spotlight on the heart by attending a free health fair and lecture presented by St. Anthony’s Hospital during Heart Health Awareness Month. 

On Feb. 15, a Heart Health Fair will be held at the St. Anthony’s Hospital Outpatient Center (Carillon) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair will feature a lecture, Know Your Numbers: Achieving and Maintaining Cardiovascular Health, presented by Geraldo Ramos, MD. Dr. Ramos, a cardiologist, will speak on the risk factors for cardiovascular disease, the latest treatment for heart disease and strategies for prevention.

The Heart Health Fair also will include screenings for blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), cholesterol and glucose. Information on diabetes, sleep services and cardiac rehab also will be available. The health fair will be in meeting rooms A & B at Carillon, 900 Carillon Parkway, off of Ulmerton Road, near Feather Sound in St. Petersburg. Screenings will be from 10 a.m. to noon. The lecture will begin at noon.

The next day, on Feb. 16, make plans to attend a lecture that will focus on keeping your heart strong. David Kohl, MD, a cardiologist, will present, Embrace a Heart Healthy Lifestyle: Small Changes Make a Big Difference. Dr. Kohl will discuss the role of genes vs. environment and present strategies to avoid obesity. He also will discuss new treatment strategies for heart disease and the role of diet and exercise in managing cardiovascular disease.

The lecture will begin at noon in the auditorium at St. Anthony’s Hospital, 1200 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

Registration is required for the screenings. To register for the screenings, health fair and the lecture, please call (727) 953-6993.

About St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. St. Anthony’s celebrated its 80th year in 2011, and the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care.  St. Anthony’s has received the 2011 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement award.  St. Anthony’s Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center received accreditation from both the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the American College of Radiology. For superior energy efficiency, St. Anthony’s earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR three consecutive times.

About BayCare Health System
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 200 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