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Ohio State’s Heart and Vascular Center wants to ensure you have the most information available to help you and your heart. Below you will find information on support groups and a list of additional websites regarding heart disease and heart health. Using the features to the right you can access our interactive tool that estimates your risk and your family's risk for heart disease and cancer and learn more about our Library for Health Information.

 

Support Groups

LVAD/Heart Transplant Support Group

This group is dedicated to any patient who is being considered for LVAD or heart transplant, is listed for heart transplant, or has had a heart transplant or LVAD placed. The group is for inpatients and outpatients, and family members are encouraged to attend as well.

Wednesdays, 3-4 p.m.
Ross Heart Hospital, Room 6007

For more information contact Laura Newman, 614-293-4748

Mended Hearts Support Group

This group helps people understand that there can be a rich, rewarding life after a heart event. For 60 years, Mended Hearts has been bringing patients, families and caregivers together to form a network of caring individuals. Members listen, share their experiences and learn from healthcare professionals. 
 
For dates of upcoming support group meetings and more information, visit www.mendedheartscentralohio.org or contact Jeff Davidson at 614-580-1561; jadavidson@columbus.rr.com

WomenHeart of Central Ohio

WomenHeart is The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.  It is the only patient support organization for women living with heart disease. 

WomenHeart Support Networks are critical outlets for heart disease survivors to understand their heart disease more fully, discuss how the disease has changed them and their families, and empower them to act as a partner with their physicians in all health care decisions that affect them. Additionally, WomenHeart Support Networks provide critical mentoring and peer to peer emotional support, encourages secondary prevention, and helps women living with heart disease set realistic goals for behavior and lifestyle change. 

For more information, contact WomenHeart Support Network Leader, Anne Stockton at (740) 816-0438 or WH-CentralOhio@womenheart.org.


Resources​

Below are some websites that provide additional information and resources on heart-related topics. The Ohio State University Medical Center does not own or control any of these sites and is not responsible for their content. Inclusion of these sites does not imply endorsement by Ohio State’s Medical Center.

Government Agencies

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute 
This site contains a variety of heart and vascular information including publications on specific diseases, recipe collections, educational tutorials and a 10-year heart attack risk calculator.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
This is CDC's primary online communication channel and  it provides users with credible, reliable health information about heart disease including risk factors, prevention, facts and statistics and access to educational publications.

Ohio Department of Health
This site provides information and statistics about heart disease in Ohio. You can learn about Ohio’s plan to prevent heart disease as well the burden of heart disease on Ohio.

Organizations

American Heart Association
This site contains information on how to get healthy, heart conditions, tips for caregivers and educators and information on CPR.

Heart Hub Video Library
This site is the American Heart Association’s patient portal for information, tools and resources about cardiovascular disease and stroke.  There are online tools to help you understand your risks and your treatment options as well as a library of topic-focused articles, presentations and videos. 
 
Mended Hearts, Inc 
Mended Hearts, a national nonprofit organization affiliated with the American Heart Association, partners with 460 hospitals and rehabilitation clinics to offer services to heart patients through visiting programs, support group meetings and educational forums.

American Stroke Association
The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association that focuses on reducing risk, disability and death from stroke through research, education, fund raising and advocacy.

Women’s Heart Health

Go Red for Women (AHA)
Go Red for Women celebrates the energy, passion and power we have as women to band together to wipe out heart disease and stroke.

The Heart Truth 
A national awareness campaign directed at women with the goal to give women a personal and urgent wakeup call about their risk of heart disease.

WomenHeart
WomenHeart advances heart health by training women heart patients to teach and empower other women to take charge of their health.

Heart Disease Specific

Adult Congenital Heart Association
The Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) is a national not-for profit organization that serves and supports the more than one million adults with congenital heart defects (CHD), their families and the medical community—working with them to address the unmet needs of the long-term survivors of congenital heart defects through education, outreach, advocacy and promotion of ACHD research.

Nutrition and Exercise

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
On this site you can access The Dietary Guidelines for Americans which has been published jointly every five years since 1980 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The guidelines show how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases. 

ChooseMyPlate.gov
ChooseMyPlate.gov offers personalized eating plans and interactive tools to help you plan/assess your food choices based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

American Heart Association’s Nutrition Center 
This site provides healthy cooking tips, options for eating healthy while dining out, heart smart shopping and heart healthy recipes.


As part of the livestrong.com site, you can search the largest food and fitness library, track your calories, create recipes and track the calories of your favorite recipes. 

SELFNutritionData
Know what you eat. This site has tools for creating and storing your daily food log, analyzing recipes for nutrition information and creating recipes using your favorite

healthy foods.

The Nephron Information Center  
Using this site you can find nutritional information on any food item instantly without registering to be a member. The source for this information is the USDA. You can also link to fatbreakdown.com

American Heart Association's Start! Walking Now
Learn more about the American Red Cross’ Start! Program. Walking is simply the first step toward a healthier lifestyle.  You can use their free tools to track your activities, distance and meals as well as get a personalized walking plan.

Organ and Tissue Donor and Transplant

Lifeline of Ohio 
Lifeline of Ohio (LOOP), is an independent, non-profit organization that promotes and coordinates the donation of human organs and tissue for transplantation in central and southeastern Ohio as well as two counties in West Virginia.

OrganDonor.gov
Provides access to U.S. government information on organ and tissue donation and transplantation.​