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'Mended Hearts' offers support for local cardiac survivors

Surviving a heart attack can be a life-changing experience for the better. That's the focus of a local patient program called Mended Hearts that's giving survivors a second chance at life.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — After surviving a heart attack or heart procedure, a rehabilitation program like the one Rex Hospital offers is the first step to recovery.

Supervised exercise, nutrition education and psychological support help patients get back to normal life.

Beyond the 12-week program, many patients, like Janice Shreck, 61, want more.

"Unless you know about your heart, you can't take care of your heart," Rex cardiologist Dr. Deepak Pasi said.

That's the focus of the Rex chapter of Mended Hearts – a national nonprofit that's active in 48 states – that not only offers education and support but reaches out to recent patients with heart-related illnesses.

Shreck has been part of the program for 11 years.

"I've been there. I survived. (The message is), 'You will too,'" she said. "We're there to encourage people, because there is life after a heart event."

Currently, Mended Hearts is the only support group of its kind in Wake County.

Meetings are from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. the third Monday of every month (except December) at Rex Hospital's Cardiac Rehab area at 4420 Lake Boone Trail in Raleigh in the Birth Center.

Each month features a new topic from featured speakers, and cardiac survivors as well as family members are welcome to attend.

For additional information, call 919-784-3756.


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