Congenital Heart Defects

Getting 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

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

Support for Women with Heart Disease

WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease

WomenHeart is a national, patient-centered 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 aims to help patients become more adherent to their medications while complying with healthy lifestyle changes and encouraging improved communication with family, peers and physicians about their disease.

Heart patients interested in locating WomenHeart support services can visit

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