Community Peer Support

Connect with a Patient or Caregiver Like You!

As part of the CardioSmart Initiative, the American College of Cardiology has partnered with Mended Hearts to expand a network of cardiovascular patient support and care. Mended Hearts is a peer support organization made up of patients, families and caregivers that have in some way been impacted by cardiovascular disease.

Volunteers of Mended Hearts draw on personal experiences as they help other patients and families navigate the emotional journey of heart disease. Through in-hospital visits, community support groups, health education workshops and more, Mended Hearts gives peace of mind to patients and families by connecting them with others facing a similar journey.

To connect with a Mended Hearts representative contact the national office at 1-888-432-7899 or info@mendedhearts.org.


Caring for the Littlest Hearts of All 

Drawing on the same peer support model, Mended Little Hearts connects parents and families of children with congenital heart defects. Mended Little Hearts provides invaluable peer-to-peer interaction and a forum for families to forge personal connections with each other and the medical community. With Mended Little Hearts, families are no longer alone.

To connect with a Mended Little Hearts family in your community, visit mendedlittlehearts.org.


Support for Women with Heart Disease 

WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease

WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease is the only national patient organization that serves women living with heart disease. The coalition provides patients with free support services through in-person meetings at local hospitals and via email, online and telephone. WomenHeart empowers women to take charge of their heart health through education and free support services which encourage improved adherence and communication with family, peers and physicians about their disease.

Heart patients interested in locating WomenHeart support services can visit womenheart.org.


Sister to Sister Foundation is the first organization with a mission dedicated solely to women's heart disease prevention and education. Sister to Sister empowers women through positive messaging to make simple, manageable lifestyle changes in their daily lives to lead to improved heart-health. As the nation's leading provider of free heart-health evaluations, Sister to Sister has performed 100,000 cardiovascular screenings with immediate results and counseling sessions to women of all ages, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds. Sister to Sister’s life-saving mission: Increase awareness among women that heart disease is their number-one killer; Prevent heart disease through on-line and in person cardiac screenings and behavior change; Educate women that healthy lifestyle changes can reduce heart disease risk dramatically.

To learn more or get involved, please visit sistertosister.org