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Heart and Vascular Center

Support Services

The weeks and months after a heart attack or open-heart surgery can be a scary and overwhelming time for people who are recovering and the loved ones who care for them at home. Support and encouragement are right here, at St. Mary Medical Center, which offers a variety of helpful resources for people with heart and vascular disease.

Heart Ambassadors: St. Mary Medical Center Heart Ambassadors are former cardiac patients who provide peer-to-peer support to other cardiac patients and their families. Heart Ambassador volunteers make daily bedside visits to heart patients at St. Mary.  In addition, Heart Ambassadors provide consultations by telephone and e-mail to help with concerns that may arise during an individual's recovery at home. To get involved, contact Volunteer Services at 215.710.2027 or hgordon@stmaryhealthcare.org.

Zapper Club: The Zapper Club at St. Mary Medical Center provides education and support for individuals with implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICD) for the management of irregular heartbeats or other electrical imbalances in the heart. The group meets twice a year (usually June and November) to hear informative presentations by St. Mary heart-health experts and to share personal stories and advice. Call 215.710.2191 for more information.

WomenHeart Support Network: The mission of WomenHeart is to improve the health and quality of life of women living with or at risk for heart disease. WomenHeart Support Network meets from 11 am to 1 pm on the second Tuesday of every month at St. Mary Medical Center. Meetings are held in the Cardio-Pulmonary Rehab Conference Room on the first floor of the Outpatient Care Facility. Contact Glenda Mendelsohn at 215.710.4182 to find out more.