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Monday, February 1, 2016

Free heart-healthy classes offered to public throughout February

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center is offering free classes focused on cardiovascular health and wellness in February.

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

From Garden to Table Made Easy
Wednesday, Feb. 17
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Auditorium, Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis, 8111 S. Emerson Ave. (Entrance 1)

From tiny patio herb gardens to your backyard or community plots, you can grow and make you own fresh, delicious, healthy food. Let us show you how to enjoy the bounty of the seasons. We’ll provide tips and ideas for preparing the food from your garden for beginning and seasoned gardeners alike. 

Growing your own food can save you money, provide good exercise and increase the nutrients you eat. You’ll be surprised at just how flavorful fresh produce can be on its own with little or no added salt and fat.  Preserving a harvest is even more fun. Our experts discuss our favorite techniques, freezing and drying, and how to save herbs to use to flavor your dishes all year-long.

Participants also will be given a package of tips, ideas and seeds to prepare their gardens this spring.

Atrial fibrillation: What are your options?
Wednesday, Feb. 24
Refreshments served at 6 p.m.; program starts at 6:30 p.m.
YMCA at CityWay, 426 S. Alabama St., Indianapolis
Presented by: John W. Moore, III, MD, Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians and Andrew Barksdale, MD, Cardiac Surgery Associates

Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is a condition where the heart beats irregularly at a high rate. Some people say it feels like a hummingbird fluttering in their chest. When severe, this condition can lead to heart attack or stroke.

Fortunately, physicians and surgeons can treat this condition in several ways. Drs. Moore and Barksdale will discuss signs and symptoms of Afib and the innovative treatment options available. These physicians also will provide details about a new surgical procedure that, when Afib is diagnosed in the early stages may be permanently corrected.