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Morton Plant Mease will present two heart health fairs to recognize Heart Health Awareness Month in February.

The community is invited to attend the fair to learn more about heart disease and take action to achieve and maintain cardiovascular health. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans, claiming 865,000 lives a year. Morton Plant Mease cardiologists will speak on heart health and various health screenings will be offered on the following dates:

• Wednesday, Feb. 13, 9 a.m. to noon, at Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, Bekesh Education and Conference Center, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. The fair will include complimentary sleep, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings. Registration is required for glucose and cholesterol screenings only. From 10 to 11 a.m., cardiologist Christos Pitarys, M.D., will speak about hypertension and stroke prevention and how to live heart healthy. Other information for sleep disorders, wellness and the latest treatments in heart and vascular health also will be available. Light refreshments will be served.

• Wednesday, Feb. 20 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Aging Well Center at The Long Center, 1501 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater. The fair will include complimentary stroke, blood pressure and sleep screenings. Discounted glucose and cholesterol screenings will be available. A $10 prepayment fee is required for glucose and cholesterol screening and registration is required. From noon to 1 p.m., cardiologist Wayne Cheng, M.D., will discuss causes and prevention of heart disease and fatigue related to heart disease. A free heart healthy lunch will be provided.

Space for the health fairs and screenings is limited. For information, or reservations, call 953-6877 or visit

Heart health seminars

Morton Plant Mease will host several community health seminars to help raise awareness and provide information about heart disease. Community health seminars dates and locations are as follows:

• Atrial Fibrillation: Causes and Treatments – Tuesday, Feb. 5, noon, at Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, Conference Center Room 120, 8839 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo. Vanessa Lucarella, M.D., cardiologist, will discuss the heart’s rhythm patterns, risk factors and treatment options for atrial fibrillation.

• The Keys to a Healthy Heart – Wednesday, Feb. 6, 12:30 p.m., at YMCA of the Suncoast, Clearwater Branch, Teen Room, 1005 S. Highland Ave., Clearwater. Cardiologist S. Masood Gilani, M.D., will discuss heart disease and how to control risk factors associated with heart disease and the importance of knowing your risk number.

• Heart Disease and Menopause – Tuesday, Feb. 12, 5:30 p.m., at Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditorium, 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater. Gynecologist Stephanie Van Zandt, M.D., and Ann Murphy-Hough, R.N., will discuss reducing the risk of heart disease during menopausal years and improving the health of the heart.

• What Is a Heart Attack? – Monday, Feb. 18, noon, at Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1-3, 3231 McMullen Booth Road, Safety Harbor. Cardiologist Parag Patel, M.D., will discuss signs and symptoms of a heart attack, the importance of early detection and the latest treatment options with stents.

• New Treatments for Aortic Stenosis – Wednesday, Feb. 20, noon, at Morton Plant Hospital, Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion Meeting Room A, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater. Cardiothoracic surgeon, Josh Rovin, M.D., will discuss minimally invasive heart surgery and the new options available for the treatment of aortic stenosis. The session will include an overview of the transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure that is performed at Morton Plant Hospital and outcomes from the first year of TAVR procedures.

• Your Heart, Your Future – Wednesday, Feb. 20, 6 p.m., at Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1-3, 3231 McMullen Booth Road, Safety Harbor. Attendees will discover the importance of sleep to heart health. Ann Murphy-Hough, R.N., will discuss how not getting enough sleep can cause calcium buildup in the heart’s arteries and can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

• Atrial Fibrillation: Causes and Treatments – Wednesday, Feb. 27, noon, at Countryside Recreation Center, Multi-Purpose Room, 2640 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater. AJ Moondra, M.D., clinical electrophysiologist, will discuss the heart’s rhythm patterns, detection, risk factors and treatment options for atrial fibrillation.

Call 953-6877 or visit
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