If you, a family member, or a loved one has been affected by heart disease or stroke, it is important to remember that you are not alone. That’s why we want you to know about the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Support Network, a new, free online resource where you can connect with others who are facing the same challenges you are facing.
The Support Network is a sounding board to express your concerns and ask questions, and also to find encouragement, inspiration, and practical advice from others who are sharing your journey. Look at a few of the key topics people are discussing at the Support Network:
- You’ve recently had a heart attack or stroke, or been diagnosed with heart failure, coronary artery disease, or another condition
- Your child was born with or diagnosed with a congenital cardiovascular defect
- You are about to undergo surgery, or begin cardiac rehabilitation
- You would like rehabilitation advice from others on lifestyle modifications or medication adherence
The network provides opportunities for empathy and understanding, as well as education and resources for coping with change. Studies have shown that having support can affect physical as well as emotional healing, reducing depression and improving the quality of life.
Whether you’re a patient, a caregiver, or want to learn how you can help someone you care about, we hope you’ll become a part of our community.
By sharing your voice, you won’t only be receiving the support you need, you’ll also be providing it to others. All online conversations are professionally moderated and confidential.
Together we are living with courage. Join the community and meet others who are healing from heart diseases or stroke: