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September 4, 2013

St. Francis offers heart healthy classes

INDIANAPOLIS — Leg pain can be a result of poor blood flow to the legs through the arteries, or it can be from poor blood flow back to the heart, causing enlarged or varicose veins.

Interventional cardiologist William Berg, M.D., who specializes in peripheral vascular disease for Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians, will discuss the blood flow to and from the legs, signs and symptoms of arterial or venous disease and treatment options available during an upcoming workshop.

Berg is the medical director at Franciscan St. Francis Health Heart Center and will lead a discussion titled “Ask the Doc” at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 at Highpoint Orchard, 3321 Old U.S. 421, Greensburg.

Franciscan St. Francis Health also offers a variety of classes throughout September. Upcoming programs include:

• “Heart failure nutrition: Why is salt so important?” at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Heart Center. In this class, a dietitian will talk about healthy food options that are low in sodium. This class will provide those who attend and their caregivers with valuable information about heart failure and how the right diet can help manage the condition and symptoms.

• “Savvy shopping” is 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Southport Meijer, 5325 E. Southport Road, Indianapolis. 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 can make shoppers smarter.

• “Reduce stress” is 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10 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 life and techniques to decrease stress which can improve health.

• “Healthy eating” at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Mooresville, 1201 Hadley Road. 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 the body.

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