When you or someone you care about is diagnosed with heart or vascular disease, you face a variety of challenges and changes. You may feel confused, uncertain about the future. You may also experience anger, fear, guilt or shock and hopelessness. Sometimes it's helpful to talk with others who are going through the same experience.
At the Michigan Heart & Vascular Institute, we understand the importance of sharing and communication. That's why we've established a network of support groups. These groups provide education, information and encouragement. A chance to meet others who are experiencing similar situations.
With the aid of a qualified social worker and others who are experiencing many of the same feelings, we address a range of topics:
- Changes in interpersonal relationships
- Emotional responses
- Family dynamics
Through support, education and information, you can begin to find new methods of coping with the physical and emotional stresses that are part of having cardiovascular disease.
New groups form on a regular basis. You will need to register in order to participate. Private counseling sessions are also available on a limited basis. There is a modest fee attached to private sessions.
For more information or to register call (734) 712-5204.
Partners at Heart
A program for spouses and partners of cardiovascular patients, Partners at Heart is a support group for those who share in the experience with someone who has cardiovascular disease. (Free)
Heart to Heart
A program for individuals with cardiovascular disease who wish to share their experiences and learn from others in similar situations. (Free)
Amputee Support Group
A program for individuals with amputations and their family and friends. The sessions include an educational presentation and group discussions. (Free)
Heart Failure Support Group
A program offered for patients and families to learn more about heart failure with opportunities for group discussions and support. (Free)
Atrial Fibrillation Support Group
A program designed for individuals with cardiac rhythm disorders. An advance-practice nurse facilitates the group discussions and provides educational information. (Free)
We are pleased to present you with CardiacAdvantage®, an Advanced Cardiovascular Approach®, our new capabilities and outcomes overview of cardiovascular medicine at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. The brochure showcases the full scope of leading-edge diagnostic and treatment services that are offered by our team of board certified cardiovascular specialists.