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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A-fib, dizzy spells, heart healthy classes on the menu for public

INDIANAPOLIS – It’s back to school in October and Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center has a full slate of free classes for the public.

Cardiologist John Moore III, MD, will lead a course on treatment options for atrial fibrillation. It begins at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the Heart Center (8111 S. Emerson Ave.). A-fib, as it is commonly called, is a condition where the heart beats irregularly at a high rate. If severe, it can lead to a heart attack, stroke or death

And what about people with dizzy spells? Harry Genovely, MD, will discuss syncope, a condition causing temporary loss of consciousness and posture, which usually is related to a temporary insufficient blood flow to the brain. Determining the cause can be a challenge, and one of the possible sources is a disorder in the heart. This class takes place on Thursday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center.

A third course also will tackle heart failure and its signs and symptoms, medication and nutrition. Genovely will lead the discussion and talk about what needs to be done to say healthy in the home for someone diagnosed with heart failure and how to manage it. This class is ideal not only for patients but their families. The class is 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 14 at the Heart Center.

Call 317-782-4422 to register for any of these classes.

The Heart Center also offers a variety of health and wellness courses, including:

Cooking for 2
Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m.  at Franciscan St. Francis Health – Mooresville (1201 Hadley Road)
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
Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis Health – Mooresville
Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the 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
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis – Mooresville
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 Meals on a Budget
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
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.
Quick meals at home
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 6:30 p.m.  at the Heart Center
Some days, we just don’t have the time – or the desire – to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  But that doesn’t mean we need to sacrifice eating well at home.  Learn how to fix quick and easy nutritious meals you and your family can enjoy.

Reduce Stress
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
Negative stress causes changes in lifestyle and behavior, which may lead to unhealthy choices.  Learn to identify the causes of stress in your life and techniques to decrease your stress which can improve your health.

Savvy Shopping
Tuesday, Oct.  22, 6:30 p.m. at Camby 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.