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2013 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Physician Experts Speak From the Heart at Heart Health Seminars

 February is Heart Health Awareness Month 

CLEARWATER, Fla., (January 16, 2013) – In recognition of the importance of Heart Health Awareness Month in February, Morton Plant Mease will host several community health seminars to help raise awareness and provide education of heart disease; and also offers an online heart risk assessment for community members to learn more about their risk of developing heart disease:

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 physicians will discuss heart health topics including atrial fibrillation, importance of sleep for heart health and early detection for heart attacks.

Community health seminars dates and locations are as follows:

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Atrial Fibrillation – Causes and Treatments

Join Vanessa Lucarella, MD, cardiologist, to learn more about the heart’s rhythm patterns, risk factors and treatment options for atrial fibrillation.

Bardmoor Medical Arts Building, Conference Center Room 120, 8839 Bryan Dairy Rd., Largo 

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

12:30 p.m.

The Keys to a Healthy Heart

Cardiologist S. Masood Gilani, MD, will discuss heart disease and how to control risk factors associated with heart disease and the importance of knowing your risk number.

YMCA of the Suncoast, Clearwater Branch, Teen Room, 1005 S. Highland Ave., Clearwater

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

5:30 p.m.

Heart Disease and Menopause

Join gynecologist Stephanie Van Zandt, MD, and Ann Murphy-Hough, RN, to learn more about reducing the risk of heart disease during menopausal years and improving the health of the heart.

Morton Plant Hospital, Tuttle Auditorium, 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater

Monday, February 18, 2013


What Is a Heart Attack?

Cardiologist Parag Patel, MD, will discuss signs and symptoms of a heart attack, the importance of early detection and the latest treatment options with stents.

Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1-3, 3231 McMullen Booth Rd., Safety Harbor

Wednesday, February 20, 2013


New Treatments for Aortic Stenosis

Join cardiothoracic surgeon, Josh Rovin, MD, to learn more about 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 (TAVR) procedure that is performed at Morton Plant Hospital and outcomes from the first year of TAVR procedures.

Morton Plant Hospital, Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion Meeting Room A, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

6 p.m.

Your Heart, Your Future

Discover the importance of sleep to heart health. Ann Murphy-Hough, RN, will discuss how not getting enough sleep can cause calcium buildup in the heart’s arteries and can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1-3, 3231 McMullen Booth Rd., Safety Harbor 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Atrial Fibrillation – Causes and Treatments

Join AJ Moondra, MD, clinical electrophysiologist, to learn more about the heart’s rhythm patterns, detection, risk factors and treatment options for atrial fibrillation.

Countryside Recreation Center, Multi-Purpose Room, 2640 Sabal Springs Dr., Clearwater

To register for a health seminar, call (727) 953-6877 or go to

About Morton Plant Mease Health Care

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease’s heart care is nationally recognized with Morton Plant Hospital on Thomson Reuters Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals list for 13 consecutive years in a row. For three years, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) has awarded Morton Plant Hospital's heart surgery program its prestigious overall three-star rating, the highest designation given to hospitals by STS. Morton Plant is one of only approximately 13 percent of more than 1,000 hospitals with a cardiac surgery program to receive a three-star rating.

Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals – Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Comprised 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