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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Free heart-healthy classes offered to public throughout May

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

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

Ask the Docs

Cardio-Oncology – How can cancer treatment affect the heart?
Thursday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m.
Presented by Vijay Rao, MD and Eric Rubenstein, MD
Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center, 8111 S. Emerson Ave., Indianapolis

Have you or a loved one gone through cancer treatment?  Some cancer drugs can affect the heart muscle, so it is important to monitor your heart condition while going through treatment.  And the effects can last for many years after treatment is complete.  Franciscan Physician Network specialists Dr. Rao (cardiologist) and Dr. Rubenstein (oncologist) will discuss the impact chemotherapy may have on heart muscle and what can be done to help these patients.

Why does it hurt to walk?
Wed, May 25 at 5:30 p.m.
Presented by William Berg, MD
UnaVie Cardiology Center
2451 Intelliplex Dr., Shelbyville

Leg pain can be a result of poor blood flow to the legs through the arteries and can negatively impact a person’s life.  Dr. Berg, a cardiologist with the Franciscan Physician Network specializing in peripheral vascular disease, will discuss the blood flow to the legs, signs and symptoms of arterial vs. venous disease and treatment options available. 

Change of Heart Classes

Healthy Meals on a Budget
Tuesday, May 17, 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville, 1201 Hadley Road

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.

Meatless Cooking Tips
Thursday, May 26, 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
Meatless meals may help you live longer. Adding more meatless meals to your diet is easy with new products now on the market.  This class will help you with menu planning and recipes so you can incorporate more meatless meals into your daily life.

Quick meals at home
Thursday, May 12, 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
Thursday, May 5, 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville

Tuesday, May 10, 6:30 PM 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.