'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.Posted — Updated
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.
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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