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Friday, October 23, 2015

Free heart-healthy classes offered to public throughout November

INDIANAPOLIS -- Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center is offering free classes focused on cardiovascular health and wellness in November.

To register for any of the classes, call 317-782-4422 or go online at to see the full listing of fall classes. Seating is limited for these events. The classes include:

Am I safe from having a heart attack?
Thursday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville (1201 Hadley Road)
Presented by Babu Doddapaneni, MD

While family history plays a part in our risk for heart and vascular disease, we can take many steps to reduce our chances of having a heart attack or stroke. First up: know your numbers, including resting heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol, both good (HDL) and bad (LDL). Then learn how diet, exercise and medications can lower your risk of heart disease. During this program Dr. Doddapaneni will talk about prevention and recognizing the signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke.
Aneurysms: Pay attention before it’s too late
Thursday, Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center (8111 S. Emerson Ave.)
Presented by Thomas Webb, MD

Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), are uncommon but usually deadly.  They develop slowly and usually have no symptoms, but when the weakened walls of the artery collapse, there is little recourse.  That’s why knowing your risk for AAA is so important. In some cases, the condition is genetic, but if you smoke, have high blood pressure or cholesterol you may be at risk as well. Dr. Webb will discuss risks, symptoms and monitoring of AAA and how Medicare offers a free screening to qualified members age 65-75.

Change of Heart classes offered in Fall 2015:

Quick meals at home
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis-Mooresville
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.

Savvy Shopping
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m. at Southport Meijer (5325 E. Southport Road)
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.

Fitness Tips
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 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.

Flavorful Holiday Cooking Tips
Thursday, Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis-Mooresville
Wednesday, Nov 18, 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
Don’t blow your good eating and dining habits this season.  Learn how to manage the holiday feasting and celebrations with herb and spice options to add flavor to your traditional recipes.

Reduce Holiday Stress
Tuesday, Nov. 17, 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.