Franciscan St. Francis offers heart health and wellness classes

Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center is offering a full range of free classes focused on cardiovascular health and wellness throughout November.
Call 317-782-4422 to register for any of the classes, which include:
Heart medications: What do they do?
Thursday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville, 1201 Hadley Road
When a patient or family member is diagnosed with heart failure, it is a time of adjustment.  There can be stress on families to understand the diagnosis and much time is devoted to learning about treatment. Taking heart medicine is critical to living a productive life but understanding them is even more important. Cardiologist Michael Barron, MD, will share what patients and families need to know about heart medications, how to monitor their conditions and when to seek help.
Do you have a heart murmur?
Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Hotel Indigo
400 Brown St, Columbus
Refreshments served at 6:00 p.m.
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. Cardiothoracic surgeon
Marc Gerdisch, MD, will discuss new treatments and surgeries for heart valves, including ongoing research studies here at Franciscan St. Francis.
Understanding heart failure: Medications 101
Monday, Nov. 114:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center
8111 S. Emerson Ave.
Living with a heart failure diagnosis can be overwhelming, but the staff of Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center is here to help.  In this class, a pharmacist will provide you and your caregivers with valuable information about heart failure medicines and answer any of your questions. 
How to protect against stroke
Monday, Nov.18 at 6:30 p.m.
UnaVie Cardiology Center
2451 Intelliplex Dr., Shelbyville
Special registration number 317-421-1916
Charles Kiell, MD, vascular surgeon at Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center, will discuss the importance of keeping the carotid artery leading to the brain free of plaque and disease, decreasing the risk for stroke. Class attendees may sign up for a free carotid artery screening at a later date.
Savvy Shopping
Monday, Nov.4 at 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.
Healthy Eating
Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Heart Center
Healthy eating leads to a healthy life!  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 Dining Out Tips
Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m. at the 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.
Winter Fitness Tips
Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at 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 food for the holidays
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m. at Franciscan St. Francis-Mooresville, 1201 Hadley Road
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 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.

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