The Mended Hearts, Inc.

The Mended Hearts, Inc. We are the nation's largest cardiac peer-to-peer support group, providing support to heart patients, their families and caregivers for 70 years!

Follow our other accounts on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn! Mended Hearts, a national nonprofit organization, has been offering the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers for more than 60 years. Recognized for its role in facilitating a positive patient-care experience, Mended Hearts partners with 460 hospitals and rehabilitation clinics and offers services to heart patients through visiting programs, support group meetings and educational forums.

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We joined 19 health & caregiver orgs. to call on @SecBecerra @POTUS to make #PaidLeave a healthcare priority. Millions o...
10/27/2021

We joined 19 health & caregiver orgs. to call on @SecBecerra @POTUS to make #PaidLeave a healthcare priority. Millions of patients & caregivers are forced to choose between work, their medical & caregiving needs. Now is the time to #SavePaidLeave https://politi.co/3pHY96p

We joined 19 health & caregiver orgs. to call on @SecBecerra @POTUS to make #PaidLeave a healthcare priority. Millions of patients & caregivers are forced to choose between work, their medical & caregiving needs. Now is the time to #SavePaidLeave https://politi.co/3pHY96p

Tomorrow evening we launch our first webinar in the COVID and CVD webinar series! There is still time to register! Learn...
10/27/2021

Tomorrow evening we launch our first webinar in the COVID and CVD webinar series! There is still time to register! Learn what we know and what we don't about the effects of COVID in children.

Register now!
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fCiPTpD1TVacpszAe-EDcw

Tomorrow evening we launch our first webinar in the COVID and CVD webinar series! There is still time to register! Learn what we know and what we don't about the effects of COVID in children.

Register now!
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fCiPTpD1TVacpszAe-EDcw

10/26/2021

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Interested in learning more about #clinicaltrials and the patient experience in #medtech?

Join us for the first MedTech Color Collaborative Community webinar on November 9: "Demystifying Clinical Trials: Engaging Patients and Communities of Color in Clinical Research." This #webinar features industry leaders [Patrick O. Gee, Sr., PhD., JLC], [Elsie Ross], [Leslie Wise], [Sonia H.] and [Jamie White] as our engaging speakers.

Register here: https://mwe.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ELSfzOq8TKiJXyAZHdyPvA

#Medtech #healthcare #MedtechWebinar #HealthcareWebinar

Heart health isn’t just a man’s issue. Join us Thurs. 10/28 @ 12 p.m. ET as a panel of heart health experts discuss how ...
10/26/2021

Heart health isn’t just a man’s issue. Join us Thurs. 10/28 @ 12 p.m. ET as a panel of heart health experts discuss how pregnancy can affect your heart health throughout your life & how you can keep your heart healthy before, during & after pregnancy. @healthywomen

Heart health isn’t just a man’s issue. Join us Thurs. 10/28 @ 12 p.m. ET as a panel of heart health experts discuss how pregnancy can affect your heart health throughout your life & how you can keep your heart healthy before, during & after pregnancy. @healthywomen

Thanks so much for joining us!! And as always, we will see you right back here next Monday!! Have a great Halloween week...
10/26/2021

Thanks so much for joining us!! And as always, we will see you right back here next Monday!! Have a great Halloween weekend!

Thanks so much for joining us!! And as always, we will see you right back here next Monday!! Have a great Halloween weekend!

Question 10: What are you most looking forward to in the upcoming week?
10/25/2021

Question 10: What are you most looking forward to in the upcoming week?

Question 10: What are you most looking forward to in the upcoming week?

Question 9: What sport do you think is the most boring to watch?
10/25/2021

Question 9: What sport do you think is the most boring to watch?

Question 9: What sport do you think is the most boring to watch?

Question 8: Are you an early bird or a night owl?
10/25/2021

Question 8: Are you an early bird or a night owl?

Question 8: Are you an early bird or a night owl?

Question 7: Would you rather live in the ocean or on the moon?
10/25/2021

Question 7: Would you rather live in the ocean or on the moon?

Question 7: Would you rather live in the ocean or on the moon?

Question 6: If you had to be one famous person's personal assistant, who would you choose?
10/25/2021

Question 6: If you had to be one famous person's personal assistant, who would you choose?

Question 6: If you had to be one famous person's personal assistant, who would you choose?

Question 5: Do you believe in ghosts?
10/25/2021

Question 5: Do you believe in ghosts?

Question 5: Do you believe in ghosts?

Question 4: What is your most irrational fear?
10/25/2021

Question 4: What is your most irrational fear?

Question 4: What is your most irrational fear?

Question 3: What was your favorite food as a child?
10/25/2021

Question 3: What was your favorite food as a child?

Question 3: What was your favorite food as a child?

Question 2: What is the most relaxing hobby that you have?
10/25/2021

Question 2: What is the most relaxing hobby that you have?

Question 2: What is the most relaxing hobby that you have?

Question1: Emotional Support Check In! How was your week and how can we support you?
10/25/2021

Question1: Emotional Support Check In! How was your week and how can we support you?

Question1: Emotional Support Check In! How was your week and how can we support you?

Hello and Welcome to our weekly Facebook Chat!
10/25/2021

Hello and Welcome to our weekly Facebook Chat!

Hello and Welcome to our weekly Facebook Chat!

Have you found yourself out of breath at the top of the stairs or after daily activities like carrying in groceries or d...
10/24/2021

Have you found yourself out of breath at the top of the stairs or after daily activities like carrying in groceries or doing yard work? If the answer is yes, and you have a family history of heart disease, you may qualify to complete a 25-minute online survey. Anyone who experienced any of the following symptoms in the last month and has a relative who experienced heart disease may be eligible:

Shortness of breath
Trouble breathing
Tiredness
Difficulty exercising (or inability to exercise)
Dizziness
Lightheadedness
Fainting
Chest pain/discomfort

The goal of the research is to learn more about patient experiences and their knowledge of heart disease. Anyone who qualifies and completes the survey will be paid $50. People who are over 18 and live in the US can learn more by filling out the following form:
https://www.pinpointpatientrecruiting.com/heart-disease-symptoms or send an email to [email protected]
THANK YOU and please feel free to share this with your family and friends who may also qualify! Your insight will help create more patient friendly treatments and clinical trials!

Have you found yourself out of breath at the top of the stairs or after daily activities like carrying in groceries or doing yard work? If the answer is yes, and you have a family history of heart disease, you may qualify to complete a 25-minute online survey. Anyone who experienced any of the following symptoms in the last month and has a relative who experienced heart disease may be eligible:

Shortness of breath
Trouble breathing
Tiredness
Difficulty exercising (or inability to exercise)
Dizziness
Lightheadedness
Fainting
Chest pain/discomfort

The goal of the research is to learn more about patient experiences and their knowledge of heart disease. Anyone who qualifies and completes the survey will be paid $50. People who are over 18 and live in the US can learn more by filling out the following form:
https://www.pinpointpatientrecruiting.com/heart-disease-symptoms or send an email to [email protected]
THANK YOU and please feel free to share this with your family and friends who may also qualify! Your insight will help create more patient friendly treatments and clinical trials!

One of the biggest things we do here at MHI is provide support to those in need throughout the lifespan. Loneliness is b...
10/23/2021

One of the biggest things we do here at MHI is provide support to those in need throughout the lifespan.

Loneliness is bad for your health. Studies show that loneliness can cause the same amount of damage to your lifespan as smoking 15 ci******es a day. #IAmNotAlone

One of the biggest things we do here at MHI is provide support to those in need throughout the lifespan.

Loneliness is bad for your health. Studies show that loneliness can cause the same amount of damage to your lifespan as smoking 15 ci******es a day. #IAmNotAlone

Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the United States? Far too many women think of h...
10/22/2021

Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the United States? Far too many women think of heart disease as a man's issue — but that couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, risk factors in pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, peripartum cardiomyopathy and preterm birth, along with autoimmune and other chronic diseases, can impact your heart health throughout your life.
Hear from leading experts about your risk factors, how to talk to your healthcare provider, and the lifestyle choices you can make right now to keep your heart healthy as you age. This event is free to all.

Register today!
https://live.healthywomen.org/

Did you know heart disease is the leading cause of death among women in the United States? Far too many women think of heart disease as a man's issue — but that couldn't be further from the truth. In fact, risk factors in pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, peripartum cardiomyopathy and preterm birth, along with autoimmune and other chronic diseases, can impact your heart health throughout your life.
Hear from leading experts about your risk factors, how to talk to your healthcare provider, and the lifestyle choices you can make right now to keep your heart healthy as you age. This event is free to all.

Register today!
https://live.healthywomen.org/

10/22/2021
For years, Janet’s fainting spells from bradycardia were top of mind.

For years, Janet’s fainting spells from bradycardia were top of mind. Now, with her leadless #pacemaker, she doesn’t think about her heart condition every day. Watch her story and learn more about these groundbreaking devices: http://bit.ly/3bFxbVV. #MedtronicCollaboration

Risks may include: surgical complications and/or failure to deliver therapy as needed. Important safety information: https://bit.ly/3bxeXpR

MHI is partnering with Pinpoint Patient Recruiting to help them better understand heart disease. We are looking for peop...
10/22/2021

MHI is partnering with Pinpoint Patient Recruiting to help them better understand heart disease.

We are looking for people to take a 25-minute online survey about heart health. If anyone in your extended family has heart disease and you have experienced any of the following in the last month during exercise or daily activities (ie. walking up the stairs), you may qualify to participate.

● Shortness of breath
● Trouble breathing
● Tiredness
● Difficulty exercising (or inability to exercise)
● Dizziness
● Lightheadedness
● Fainting
● Chest pain/discomfort

The goal of the research is to learn more about patients' experiences and their knowledge of heart disease to help us create more patient friendly treatments and trials. Anyone who qualifies and completes the survey will be paid $50. Learn more by filling out this form: https://www.pinpointpatientrecruiting.com/heart-disease-symptoms or send an email to [email protected]. Must live in the US.

MHI is partnering with Pinpoint Patient Recruiting to help them better understand heart disease.

We are looking for people to take a 25-minute online survey about heart health. If anyone in your extended family has heart disease and you have experienced any of the following in the last month during exercise or daily activities (ie. walking up the stairs), you may qualify to participate.

● Shortness of breath
● Trouble breathing
● Tiredness
● Difficulty exercising (or inability to exercise)
● Dizziness
● Lightheadedness
● Fainting
● Chest pain/discomfort

The goal of the research is to learn more about patients' experiences and their knowledge of heart disease to help us create more patient friendly treatments and trials. Anyone who qualifies and completes the survey will be paid $50. Learn more by filling out this form: https://www.pinpointpatientrecruiting.com/heart-disease-symptoms or send an email to [email protected]. Must live in the US.

In one week! Join us for the first in our COVID and CVD webinar series. For the first webinar, we will focus on the effe...
10/21/2021

In one week! Join us for the first in our COVID and CVD webinar series. For the first webinar, we will focus on the effects of COVID and children. What we know and what we don't.

Register now :
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fCiPTpD1TVacpszAe-EDcw

In one week! Join us for the first in our COVID and CVD webinar series. For the first webinar, we will focus on the effects of COVID and children. What we know and what we don't.

Register now :
https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fCiPTpD1TVacpszAe-EDcw

Are you an empowered patient? Take control of your healthcare plan and stay in the know of your own health. Check out ou...
10/21/2021

Are you an empowered patient? Take control of your healthcare plan and stay in the know of your own health. Check out our MHI 7 Steps to Becoming an Empowered Patient!

https://mendedhearts.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/7-Steps-to-Empowered-Patient-One-Pager-090121.pdf

Are you an empowered patient? Take control of your healthcare plan and stay in the know of your own health. Check out our MHI 7 Steps to Becoming an Empowered Patient!

https://mendedhearts.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/7-Steps-to-Empowered-Patient-One-Pager-090121.pdf

Have you found yourself out of breath at the top of the stairs or after daily activities like carrying in groceries or d...
10/21/2021

Have you found yourself out of breath at the top of the stairs or after daily activities like carrying in groceries or doing yard work? If the answer is yes, and you have a family history of heart disease, you may qualify to complete a 25-minute online survey. Anyone who has been diagnosed with a heart-related condition (atrial fibrillation, hypertension, coronary artery disease, heart failure, asthma, heart murmur or had an abnormal electrocardiogram) or has experienced the following symptoms in the last month, may be eligible:

· Shortness of breath
· Trouble breathing
· Tiredness
· Difficulty exercising (or inability to exercise)
· Dizziness
· Lightheadedness
· Fainting
· Chest pain/discomfort

The goal of the research is to learn more about patients' experiences and their knowledge of heart disease. Anyone who qualifies and completes the survey will be paid $50. Only open to people over 18 who reside in the US. Learn more at https://www.pinpointpatientrecruiting.com/heart-disease-symptoms or send an email to [email protected].

Have you found yourself out of breath at the top of the stairs or after daily activities like carrying in groceries or doing yard work? If the answer is yes, and you have a family history of heart disease, you may qualify to complete a 25-minute online survey. Anyone who has been diagnosed with a heart-related condition (atrial fibrillation, hypertension, coronary artery disease, heart failure, asthma, heart murmur or had an abnormal electrocardiogram) or has experienced the following symptoms in the last month, may be eligible:

· Shortness of breath
· Trouble breathing
· Tiredness
· Difficulty exercising (or inability to exercise)
· Dizziness
· Lightheadedness
· Fainting
· Chest pain/discomfort

The goal of the research is to learn more about patients' experiences and their knowledge of heart disease. Anyone who qualifies and completes the survey will be paid $50. Only open to people over 18 who reside in the US. Learn more at https://www.pinpointpatientrecruiting.com/heart-disease-symptoms or send an email to [email protected].

10/20/2021
One small device – the size of a large vitamin – helped Tim get back to doing what he loves.

One small device – the size of a large vitamin – helped Tim get back to doing what he loves. Visit https://bit.ly/39aw26j to learn more about #leadless #pacemakers and find a physician experienced in leadless pacing therapy. #MedtronicCollaboration

Risks may include: surgical complications and/or failure to deliver therapy as needed. Important safety information: https://bit.ly/3bxeXpR

In honor of our 70th, we focus on our history. 70 years ago, Dr. Dwight E. Harken created the first known support group ...
10/20/2021

In honor of our 70th, we focus on our history. 70 years ago, Dr. Dwight E. Harken created the first known support group for heart surgery survivors — and it’s still going strong today. Read the Heartbeat Magazine™ Anniversary Edition article here!

https://mendedhearts.org/story/man-with-a-mission/

In honor of our 70th, we focus on our history. 70 years ago, Dr. Dwight E. Harken created the first known support group for heart surgery survivors — and it’s still going strong today. Read the Heartbeat Magazine™ Anniversary Edition article here!

https://mendedhearts.org/story/man-with-a-mission/

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Hi Everyone, I found this article from Scientific American to be of interest. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-music-can-literally-heal-the-heart/ I used Piazzolla’s Le Grand Tango to demonstrate to my family what it kind of feels like when I'm experiencing AFib and they seem to understand.
we need more support. we need and phone support. i know how lonely i was during my hospital stay. when i came home i was alone scared.
I was really happy to be able to share my equine assisted coaching program with Mended Hearts. As somebody with a mended heart I am very grateful to the wonderful support they provide. 
This talk was given by a nephrologist to the Mended Hearts chapter in Whatcom County -- it is an outstanding presentation titled, "1 in 3 of us is at risk for kidney disease -- are YOU the one?" Most people don't realize diabetes and hypertension are the two primary causes of kidney disease. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeEGNWpGDaw
Had a really good 3 week visit with my Rachel my APN, Rachel has done more and more time, i have been seeing her every three weeks with me than my Doc. Her adjusting my meds especially my torsemide has really helped me I don’t feel so water heavy and she said I even look less squishy and my legs aren’t as hard. Between Rachel’s help and the nicer weather and doing more outside, I truly feel like I have moved forward. My depression dark cloud has lessened, it’s still there just not as dark and angry. My CHF is a good stable in stage 1, My heart valves are good, I have extra beats but no AFIB or any other abnormalities. I’m really trying hard to stay in stage 1 as long I can. What I think is beneficial for me is I take the “Awesome foursome”, I take extra COQ10 and at night I take my night pills with cranberry juice for my kidneys. As I read all your many posts & comments about your conditions, In ER, constant appointments my heart gets sad for you that are more medically advanced than I am. I can’t even imagine or fathom what many of you deal with on a daily basis. Steve
I was diagnosed with mild aortic stenosis in 2017 at age 68. I'm now 72 in 2021. My interventional cardiologist at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago and his surgeon associate informed me that I have now advanced to moderate to severe form of this disease. All the tests have proven that. Next step, I have an angiogram scheduled for this upcoming Wednesday to check blockages in the arteries of my heart before my TAVR procedure on 5/20. I've been a pretty healthy guy who exercised very regularly. Did anyone out there feel great improvement after this procedure? I know if I don't have it done.......I've got 3 to 5 years........ Thanks!