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Free Stroke Prevention Fair to be Hosted by St. Anthony's Hospital

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (May 17, 2012) – St. Anthony’s Hospital hosts a free stroke prevention fair in its main lobby Thursday, May 24. The program starts at 8 a.m. and is scheduled to end at noon.

Information about the warning signs of stroke, what the most common risk factors are and what preventative steps can be taken to avoid strokes will be available.

Those in attendance also will receive the following for free:

-- Blood pressure checks

-- Healthy life screenings

-- Stroke rehabilitation information

Stroke now ranks as the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. Strokes are also a leading cause of adult disabilities. However, up to 80 percent of strokes can be prevented.

The following tests help to determine if a stroke has occurred and if 911 should be called so that immediate medical treatment may be provided:

-- Ask the person stricken to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

-- Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

-- Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

The program is open to the public. In addition, complimentary valet and self parking will be available in the parking garage. St. Anthony’s Hospital is located at 1200 Seventh Ave. N. in St. Petersburg.

For more information about the May 24 stroke awareness session, contact Shauna Shepherd at (727) 820-7570.

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.

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


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