Riverside starting support group for cardiac patients

Published 9:03 am Friday, June 19, 2015

Riverside Medical Center, a community critical access hospital, recently announced the beginning of the Heart to Heart support group at its Cardiac Rehab Unit in Franklinton.

“The Heart to Heart support group is a place for current heart patients, family members and graduates of our cardiac rehab program to meet and talk about their experiences. Even if you aren’t currently participating in a cardiac rehab program, we would love to have you,” said Kristina Knight, community outreach director, Riverside Medical Center. “This support group can help patients and families learn that they aren’t alone in the fight against heart disease. Riverside Medical Center will be with them every step of the way.”

Riverside Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program consists of a medically supervised, telemetry monitored, individually prescribed exercise program and a comprehensive education program.

“The support group gives the opportunity for our graduates to share their experiences with other heart patients. It warms my heart to see patients work out together, form friendships and bond over this experience,” said Edna Kennedy, cardiac rehab manager, Riverside Medical Center.

The Heart to Heart support group takes place the first Monday of each month from noon to 12:50 p.m. in the hospital’s conference room next to the cafeteria. Lunch may be purchased in the cafeteria for $4.50 or you may bring a bag lunch. For more information, call 985-795-4286.