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May 03, 2010

Mended Hearts to Form the Only Active Chapter in Osceola County: Outreach and Support to Heart Patients in Area is Goal

Kissimmee, FL - In an effort to secure support for a growing number of heart patients in Osceola County, Mended Hearts, affiliated with the American Heart Association, announced today the formation of its newest chapter in cooperation with Osceola Regional Medical Center and Central Florida Cardiac and Vascular Institute.  Osceola Mended Heart will be the only active chapter in Osceola County.  With 285 other community-based chapters nationwide, Mended Hearts has over 24,000 members, making it the largest heart-related patient support group.  The national nonprofit organization includes heart patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and others interested in helping patients with the emotional recovery from heart disease.  "Members assist cardiac patients with an extensive accredited visitors program, support group, health information workshops, social/special events, and other volunteer activities," says Terry Swearingen, President of the new chapter.  "Mended Hearts has been offering hope and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers for over 50 years.  We're hoping to keep that tradition alive right here in Osceola county with as much outreach and support as possible." Swearingen adds that while heart patient-to-patient visits are the core of Mended Hearts' program, volunteers do not have to be a patient.  "We want others in the community involved as well.  Caregivers, family members of patients, physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals are a few examples of potential interested persons." he says.
 
According to the American Heart Association, 70 million Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease - directly or indirectly touching every household.  The May 8th meeting, to be held at 11:00 am at Osceola Regional Medical Center’s classrooms, will be for the swearing in of the chapter officers and presenting the gavel to the chapter president.  A reception will follow the ceremony to celebrate the Mended Hearts Chapter in Osceola County.  Interested persons are encouraged to contact Terry Swearingen at 407-343-1440 or Flowergardenman@embarqmail.com 

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