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St. Anthony's Hosts Free Stroke Prevention Fair

Warning Signs and What to Do When Stroke Occurs

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (April 16, 2013) – To recognize National Stroke Awareness Month in May, St. Anthony’s Hospital will host a free community stroke prevention fair to educate the community on the seriousness of the disease. The event will be Friday, May 17, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the hospital’s auditorium, 1200 Seventh Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

With stroke being the fourth leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability for adults in the United States, it is important to learn the signs and symptoms. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts and part of the brain cannot get the blood it needs. According to the American Stroke Association, about 800,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. 

During the stroke prevention fair, free health screenings will include blood glucose and blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and cholesterol. Fasting is suggested for the blood glucose and cholesterol screenings. Clinicians will be on hand to review results with participants.

St. Anthony’s Hospital physicians will present a series of stroke-related seminars and there will be an Ask-the-Dietitian session on the role diet plays in preventing stroke. Wellness demonstrations include healthy cooking, Sign Chi-Do and chair exercise. Doors open at 9 a.m. Healthy snacks and lunch will be provided.

Lectures will be from noon to 1 p.m. and will include:

  • John Gross, MD, family and sports medicine, will present Hypertension Management and Stroke
  • Ask-a-Dietitian session will focus on the role diet plays in preventing stroke
  • Allan Weiss, MD, neurologist who is medical director for St. Anthony’s Stroke program, will speak on Management of Stroke

Registration is limited so sign up today for this free community event at (727) 940-2781 or visit Complimentary valet parking is available.

You can also take a seven-minute assessment to determine your risk for stroke at 

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 was the first faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. St. Anthony’s celebrated its 80th anniversary 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 2012 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. St. Anthony’s Hospital is currently the only hospital in Pinellas County to have both the full Heart Failure Accreditation and the Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).

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