Mended Hearts — national and local support for heart patients

Mended Hearts is a national peer-to-peer support group for heart disease survivors, their families and caregivers. The mission of National Mended Hearts, which has more than 66,000 members, is “to inspire hope and improve the quality of life of heart patients and their families through ongoing peer-to-peer support, education, and advocacy ©”.

National also has a vision statement: “To be the premier nationwide resource and peer-to-peer support network for all heart patients and families affected by Heart Disease across the life span ©”.

Our north suburban Chapter 424 of Mended Hearts started in 2018 to fill a void in the national chapter network.

Prior to our launch, with the immense help of the NorthShore University HealthSystem, those with heart issues in the northern suburbs of Chicago had to journey into Chicago or out to the Northwest suburbs to find chapters.

“I got tired of being stuck in traffic on Lake Shore Drive trying to get to a meeting,” recalls chapter Cofounder John N. Frank. “The result has been a virbrant new chapter here on the North Shore.”

The chapter holds monthly meetings featuring expert speakers who look at a full range of topics related to heart health. Chapter members also train to meet with new heart patients, providing one-on-one support when they most have questions, doubts and fears about their conditions.

Such meetings today are virtual because of Covid-19 but were face-to-face in past years and hopefully will be again after the pandemic has past.