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Health notes for the week of Feb. 9-15

Morton Plant opens valve clinic

Morton Plant Hospital has opened its Valve Clinic for the treatment of heart valve disorders such as aortic stenosis.

Staffed by a multidisciplinary team of diagnostic and interventional cardiologists, as well as cardiothoracic surgeons, the new clinic has created a collaborative approach to specialize in the treatment of complex valve disorders.

"Through the valve clinic, we are combining the expertise of cardiovascular surgeons, diagnostic cardiologists, interventional cardiologists and other cardiac care experts to develop comprehensive care and treatment plans for our patients," said Dr. John Ofenloch, cardiothoracic surgeon and physician member of the Morton Plant Hospital Valve Clinic team. "It is the team approach with physicians partnering together across specialties that truly makes the difference."

The Valve Clinic will be the first step for patients with severe aortic stenosis who may be candidates for the newest breakthrough in treatment, the transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure.

Morton Plant is one of a select number of hospitals across the country designated to perform the new TAVR procedure.

For information about the Morton Plant Hospital's Valve Clinic, call toll-free 1-855-448-2583 or visit mpmhealth.com/valveclinic.

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As part of recognizing Heart Health Awareness Month in February, Morton Plant Mease will present a free heart health seminar and health fair to help raise awareness and education of heart disease to achieve and maintain cardiovascular health. Free health screenings will be offered at the heart health fair including: blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol and glucose.

• Morton Plant Mease cardiologist Dr. Merrill Krolick will discuss peripheral artery disease at noon Friday at Morton Plant Hospital, Cheek-Powell Heart and Vascular Pavilion, Room A and B, 455 Pinellas St., Clearwater.

Seating is limited. For information and reservations call (727) 953-6877 or visit baycareevents.org.

• A heart health fair will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Aging Well Center, 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater. Registration for screenings is required due to limited space.

For information or reservations, call (727) 953-6877 or visit baycareevents.org.

Join certified life and wellness coach Elizabeth Nelson for a life assessment from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Morton Plant Hospital, Powell Cancer Center, first floor conference room, 303 Pinellas St., Clearwater and create a plan to prioritize life goals and implement results during 2012.

The interactive workshop will focus on creating a blueprint that serves as a road map to identify potential challenges that conflict with personal, professional or physical goals and ways to overcome and take action to successfully manage change.

Fee is $20 per person.

Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Call (727) 953-6877 or visit baycareevents.org.

Seminars, classes and support groups

ALZHEIMER'S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: Meets at 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Palm Harbor Community Activity Center, 1500 16th St. (727) 787-1837.

FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, (727) 501-2125, and 8:30 a.m. Saturdays, (727) 786-3113. Both at Clearwater Community Church, Room 103, 2897 Belcher Road, Dunedin. For details, visit foodaddicts.com.

NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP: Meetings are at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays, except holidays, at Crystal Beach Community Hall, 517 Crystal Beach Ave.; 8 p.m. Tuesdays at First United Methodist Church, Educational Building, second floor in "the Parlor," 421 Main St., Dunedin; and 7 p.m. Wednesdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church Annex, Open Arms Resource Center, 1897 Highland Ave., Largo. Call toll-free 1-888-947-8885 or visit naranonfl.org.

mid-pinellas brain trauma SUPPORT GROUP: Meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursday of every month at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Christian Life Enrichment Center, Room 201, second floor, 1498 Rosary Road, Largo. Call (727) 442-1819 or visit midpinellasbraintraumasupportgroup.com.

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS):

• 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays at Heritage United Methodist Church, Room 11, 2680 Landmark Drive, Clearwater. The first meeting is free. Call (727) 726-2681.

• 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at Union Street United Methodist Church, Choir Room, 1625 Union St., Clearwater. Call (727) 461-7101 or email boots@tampabay.rr.com.

• 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays at First Baptist Church of Ozona-Palm Harbor, 610 Pennsylvania Ave., Ozona. The group meets in the building in the back. Call (727) 786-1484 or (727) 785-9564.

Celiac Support Group: Celiac disease, an intestinal disorder, affects one out of every 133 people. There is no cure, but it can be controlled by going on a gluten-free diet. Some find that going gluten-free is not as easy as it sounds. A support group can help. Meetings are at 10 a.m. the third Saturday of every month at Mease Countryside Hospital, Meeting Rooms 1, 2 and 3, 3231 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor. Call (727) 734-0561 or email bkelly1@tampabay.rr.com.

RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL: Abraham Low Self-Help System, a weekly support group for people suffering from anxiety, panic attacks and symptoms caused by fear and anger, meets at these times and locations: 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Lakeview Community Church, 475 East Lake Road N, East Lake, (727) 942-4095; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Grace Lutheran, 1812 Highland Ave., Clearwater, (727) 942-9008; and 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1199 Highland Ave. NE, Largo, (727) 586-2585, or leave a message at (727) 525-1749. Free, but offerings are appreciated.

Mail health news to Nova Beall at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756, fax to (727) 445-4119 or email sbeall@tampabay.com.

Health notes for the week of Feb. 9-15 02/08/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 8, 2012 3:10pm]

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