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Monday, March 4, 2013

Free hearty healthy classes offered by Franciscan St. Francis Health experts

INDIANAPOLIS – Prevention is the key to lowering your chances of developing a cardiovascular disease, such as heart disease, stroke or high blood pressure.

That’s why Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center is offering free “Ask-the-Doc” and “Change of Heart” classes this spring with the goal of improving the community’s health through education and prevention.

To register for these classes call 317-782-4422 or toll-free at 877-888-1777, or by visiting

Thursday, March 7 at 6:00 p.m.
Decatur County Memorial Hospital
720 N. Lincoln St.  Greensburg
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. Cardiologist Vijay Rao, MD will discuss the current medical and surgical treatments for atrial fibrillation and who should be treated.

Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center, 8111 S. Emerson Ave., Indianapolis
Coronary arteries can become blocked with calcium-containing plaque that can cause heart attacks.  Coronary calcium scoring is a high-tech way of detecting calcium build-up in the arteries and identifies your risk for heart disease. Ryan Daly, MD, will describe this test and answer your questions about other heart attack risk factors.  A special screening offer will be made to those who attend the class.

Is my blood pressure too high?
Wednesday, March 27, 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan St. Francis Health–Mooresville, 1201 Hadley Road
Do you know what your blood pressure is? Do you know what it should be? New guidelines recommend aiming for below 120/80, ideally 115/70. Learn how high blood pressure affects not only the heart but also other vital organs. Irwin Labin, MD, will share steps you can take to lower your blood pressure, including diet, weight loss, exercise and medication. No more excuses: learn how you can lower pressure starting today, with the advantages lasting a lifetime.

Do you have a heart murmur?
Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m.
UnaVie Cardiology Center, 2451 Intelliplex Dr.  Shelbyville
Heart murmurs are caused by valves inside the heart that don’t close properly. Sometimes, people can live with heart murmurs a long time without any symptoms. But if the problem becomes more serious, the blood flow to the heart may be affected. Cardiovascular surgeon Marc Gerdisch, MD, an independent physician who chooses to practice at Franciscan St. Francis, will talk about new treatments and surgeries for heart valves, including ongoing research studies at Franciscan St. Francis Health.

Change of Heart classes: Spring 2013

Cooking for 2
Thursday, March 21, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center
As we get older, our health becomes more of a priority.  After the kids leave home, it can be challenging to scale back our cooking, so dining out seems like an easy option.  In this class, learn how it really is cheaper and healthier to cook at home for two. 

Fitness Tips
Thursday, March 28, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center
Being fit is more than being thin.  Research shows that no matter what you weigh, increasing your fitness helps your heart!  Discover that exercise can be healthy and fun.  Learn how to set up a schedule for yourself.

Healthy Dining Out Tips
Tuesday, March 12, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center
Americans eat nearly half their meals away from home.  How can you control what you eat when you don’t cook for yourself?  Learn how to make wise menu selections and eat smart while dining out.

Healthy Eating Starts Here
Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center
Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis–Mooresville
Learn about healthy lifestyles in this class.  Find out how much a “serving” is and how to manage a healthy weight.  Discover how fats, carbohydrates and protein affect our body.  Do you know how much salt, fiber and sugar are in the foods you buy?  This class offers the foundation for a healthy future!

Healthy Meals on a Budget
Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center
Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis–Mooresville
As food prices climb and budgets get tight, smart purchases at the supermarket are important.  In this class, you will learn ways to stretch your food budget while still getting the nutrients you need.

Savvy Shopping
Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m. at Southport Meijer
With all the new and changing products on the shelves, grocery shopping can be overwhelming.  Learn where to find the healthy foods and how to avoid packaging tricks commonly used to market foods.  Discover how food labels make you a smarter shopper.