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Thursday, August 4, 2011

St, Francis Heart Center offers free classes, screenings in September

INDIANAPOLIS – Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Heart Association.

Prevention is the key to lowering your chances of developing a cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease, stroke or high blood pressure. St. Francis Heart Center is offering free classes and screenings throughout September.

To pre-register, call 317-782-4422 or toll free 1-877-888-1777. Registration also is available online at

Classes include:

Treatment options for atrial fibrillation (A-fib)

• Thursday, Sept. 1, 6:30 p.m., Columbus Holiday Inn, 2480 Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus, Ind. Presented by John Moore III, M.D., and Marc Gerdisch, M.D.

Atrial fibrillation is a condition where the heart beats irregularly at a high rate. If severe, this condition can lead to heart attack, stroke or death. The physicians will discuss the current medical and surgical treatments for atrial fibrillation and who should be treated.

Coronary calcium scoring: Identifying cardiac risk

• Monday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m., Franciscan St. Francis Health – Mooresville, 1201 Hadley Road Presented by Babu Doddapaneni, M.D.

Coronary arteries can become blocked with calcium-containing plaque that can cause heart attacks. Coronary calcium scoring is a high-tech way to detect calcium build-up in the arteries and identify risk for heart disease. Doddapaneni will describe this test and answer questions about other heart attack risk factors. A special screening offer will be made to those who attend the class.

How to protect yourself from a stroke

• Tuesday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis Heart Center, 8111 S. Emerson Ave. Presented by J.D. Graham III, M.D.

Graham will talk about the importance of keeping the carotid artery leading to the brain free of plaque and disease, decreasing the risk for stroke. Participants may sign up for a free carotid artery screening.