Health briefs

Classes focus on cardiovascular health

Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center is offering free classes focused on cardiovascular health and wellness in April, including a special session with physicians discussing heart health.

Local classes include the following:

Ask-the-Doc Sessions:

  • “Treatment options for atrial fibrillation,” 6:30 p.m. April 9, Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center, 8111 S. Emerson Ave., Indianapolis, presented by Dr. John W. Moore III, Atrial fibrillation is a condition where the heart beats irregularly at a high rate. If severe, this condition can lead to heart attack, stroke or death.

Change of Heart classes

  • “Quick meals at home,” 6:30 p.m., April 23, Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center, learn how to fix quick and easy nutritious meals.
  • “Healthy Meals on a Budget,” 6:30 p.m. April 8, Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center, learn ways to stretch your food budget while still getting the nutrients you need.
  • “Meatless Cooking Tips”, 6:30 p.m., April 30, Franciscan St. Francis Heart Center, this class will help with menu planning and recipes so you can incorporate more meatless meals into daily life.

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

Hospital sets opportunity to learn about care decisions

Franciscan St. Francis Health will offer a class on health care decisions April 16.

Advance health-care directives instructions are given by individuals specifying what actions should be taken for their health in the event that they are no longer able to make decisions due to illness or incapacity.

Information sessions planned in Indy

The hospital will host events information sessions locally from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16.

Information booths will be set up at Franciscan St. Francis-Indianapolis, 8111 S. Emerson Ave., Indianapolis, in the cafeteria. 

Also, an information station will be hosted at the Greenwood Park Mall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 16 at the Rejuvenation Station in front of Sears. Hospital clinical experts, social workers and chaplains will be on hand to answer questions.

The events coincide with the National Health Care Decisions Day, designed to raise awareness about the importance of advance care planning.