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Support, Encouragement, Inspiration, and Monthly Heart Education Meetings for Heart Patients and Their Families

Our passionate 290 member group helps people understand that there can be a rich, rewarding life after a heart event!  We inspire, comfort and support heart patients and their families, share experiences, and learn from healthcare professionals at monthly heart education meetings.  Our group also includes people at risk for heart disease, as no one likes a surprise cardiac event!!    For additional information, please contact Jeff Davidson at (614) 580-1561 or e-mail Jeff by clicking here.   

The Mended Hearts Heart Guide of basic heart facts.


Donations to the "Courtney Williams Fund in Heart Failure Research" at OSU totals $212,436 at 12/31/2016!  Please join us (Donate Below)!!

 L-R: Dr. Peter Mohler, Helen & Jeff Davidson, Nancy & Bo Williams, Dr. Tom Ryan. 

I highly recommend all heart patients read this informative book from a patient's perspective; once I started, I couldn't put it down! --Jeff Davidson.  You can purchase Rosalie's book at our monthly meetings or online at:  Furthermore, Rosalie Ungar will provide her autographed book to donors of $100 or more to the Courtney Williams Fund in Heart Failure Research at OSU.  Use the Donate button below--Thank you! 

Learn about this heart failure research fund  HERE 

Over 5 million Americans are in heart failure today and you will have a friend or family member struggling with this disease at some point in your life.  For more information about this fund, please click HERE.  For a CardioSmart infographic on the many causes of heart failure, please click HERE. 


Spring 2017 Newsletter, Issue 25

 Winter 2016 Newsletter, Issue 24 


Heart Education Meetings 2017 

March 9, 2017:  Dr. Kathleen Dungan and Caroline Rankin of the YMCAs of Central Ohio speaking on Diabetes and the Heart and the sobering link between diabetes and heart patients (est. 86 attendance). See Dr. Dungan's presentation (PDF format) HERE.  With 29 million Americans with diabetes and 86 million Americans with prediabetes, our group will focus more on this issue.  See Caroline Rankin's presentation HERE


February 9, 2017: Dr. John Hummel and Author Rosalie Ungar speaking on:  A-Fib and the Differences Between Men and Women with A-Fib (109 in attendance)  See Presentation HERE   See picture collage HERE 

January 12, 2017: Dr. Quinn Capers, IV spoke on  "Heart Attacks:  Current Treatment & How To Survive and Thrive Afterwards"  (64 in attendance).  See Presentation HERE

Heart Education Meetings 2015 and 2016 

December 8, 2016: Celebration of Life Dinner; sharing our successes and thanking our doctors.  See our PRESENTATION and PICTURES 

November 10, 2016: Dr. Cheryl Carmin spoke on "Heart & Mind: Depression, Anxiety and Heart Disease" (63 in attendance).  See presentation HERE 

October 13, 2016:  Dr. Sitaramesh Emani, Advanced Heart Failure & Cardiac Transplant at OSU, spoke on "Managing (and Preventing) Heart Failure"  in a national program from CardioSmart and Novartis  (83 in attendance).  See presentation HERE.   See Dr. Emani's HF Video HERE 

September 8, 2016:  Dr. Ray Hershberger spoke on "Living to Age 100" (53 in attendance).  Presentation coming!

August 11, 2016:  Chef Jim Yue and "Hold the Salt, Learning to Use Spices"  (46 in attendance) and Indian Cuisine Recipe HERE 

July 14, 2016: Presentation by Dr. Raul Weiss entitled "Living With Afib" (74 in attendance). See Presentation HERE.

June 9, 2016: Presentation by Dr. Garrie Haas, Linda Gresser, and a post acute panel of experts on "Post Acute Transitional Care"  See presentation HERE

May 11, 2016: Presentation by OSU Ross CICU Nurses entitled "The First 24 Hours After Open-Heart Surgery: A Nurses Perspective"  (52 in attendance with lots of Q&A) AND a celebration of nurses!!  See presentation HERE.  

April 21, 2016: Presentation by OSU Ross Pharmacists (L-R) Dr. Min,  John Afek (member), Dr. Pickworth, Dr. Herman, Dr. Blais, and Dr. Pruchnicki entitled:  "An Evening with your Pharmacist" (with 55 in attendance and lots of Q&A).   See presentation HERE and note the Pharmacist's E-mail Addresses for medication questions!!  

March 10, 2016: Presentations by Dr. Kavita Sharma and Amy Sturm, MS, LGC on "Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) and Updates on Cholesterol Treatments" with 24-year old FH patient, Christian Jacobs (42 in attendance).   See presentations here from:  Dr. Sharma and Amy Sturm.   FH is genetic and many times undiagnosed.  Check into this issue.


February 11, 2016:  Presentation by Laura Newman, MSW, LISW-s of OSU Ross (top left) on:  "Caregivers--How We Help our Loved Ones" with passionate caregiver stories by Melissa Justice (bottom left) and Annette Salser (right) (61 in attendance).   See presentations here from:  Laura and Annette plus Caregiver Tips  

January 14, 2016:  Presentation by Dr. Rami Khayat, Director of the OSU Sleep Heart Program, on: "Sleep And Cardiovascular Health" (65 in attendance)  See Presentation Here   Call (614) 293-4299 for an appointment.


December 17, 2015:  Celebration of Life Dinner with members, caregivers, sponsors and OSU doctors (85 in attendance)  See 2015 Accomplishments Slideshow 


November 12, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Kathleen Dungan on "Managing Diabetes To Better Manage Heart Disease"  (52 in attendance)  See Presentation Here 

October 14, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Robert Cooper on "Chest Pain In The ER--Are Cardiac Workups Doing More Harm than Good?"  (47 in attendance)   See Presentation Here 


Sept. 10, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. William Abraham on "Reversing Coronary Artery Disease and Heart Muscle Damage"  (72 in attendance)   See Carl Smerdel's Heart Story!     See Dr. Abraham Presentation.

Aug 19, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Charles A. Bush on: Changes in Knowledge and the Management of Cardiovascular Issues from the 1960s to the Present Day" (79 in attendance).   See Presentation Here


July 8, 2015:  Presentations by Dr. David Keseg and Gail Hogan on "Saving Lives With Hands-Only CPR" and CPR training by professionals from the Columbus Fire Department (58 in attendance)  See Presentation Here  Staying Alive Video  Training Pictures 


June 18, 2015  Safe Travel Tips for Heart Patients and Most Memorable Vacation Travel Pictures.  See Dr. Deepali Tukaye Presentation  See PDF entitled "Life Can Be Great After a Serious Heart Event"


May 13, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Sitaramesh Emani on "Living With Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)" (64 in attendance) See Presentation Here 

April 15, 2015: Presentation by Dr. Emile Daoud on "Living With Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) and the Therapies and Procedures for Treating It" (69 in attendance)

March 18, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Juan Crestanello on "The TAVR Procedure" (59 in attendance)

February 11, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Kavita Sharma on "Advances in Lipid Management" with a lot of Q&A on cholesterol issues (67 in attendance) See Presentation Here  


January 14, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Christopher Clark, DDS on "Dentistry and Your Health" with a discussion on dental disease, infections, endocarditis and the heart patient (52 in attendance).   See Presentation Here 


December 10, 2014:  Member Holiday Sharing Dinner (63 in attendance) with doctors and members sharing with each other, great food and musical entertainment.  See 2014 Accomplishments and Activities

May 14, 2014:  Heart Patient Panel meeting

December 11, 2013 Heart Patient Panel meeting (record 76 in attendance)


Members on Daytime Columbus (NBC 4) - Feb 13, 2013

"Carpe Diem" Video (Heart Patients Seizing The Day!!) -- Released Feb 9, 2012 

Daytime Columbus -- Feb 14, 2012

Daytime Columbus - March 11, 2011