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Cardiac Support

Heart Patient Support Groups and Education

Summa Health System offers several mutual support groups as well as health/wellness programs to assist you with managing your condition. Participants in our support groups are people just like you facing similar ordeals and challenges; all in a caring, open, and accepting environment.
The following is offered as reference to assist you in locating a program or identifying a group that may provide you with emotional support and a means to share information. Information provided during support group meetings or wellness programs is not to be interpreted as diagnosis or treatment options.


Mended Hearts 

Mended Hearts is dedicated to “inspiring hope and improving the quality of life for heart patients and their families through ongoing peer-to-peer support.” Mended Hearts is a national and community-based non-profit organization which provides support for heart patients and their families through hospital visits conducted by Mended Hearts volunteers at Summa Akron City Hospital. Volunteers also provide ongoing support via online and phone visits.


Caring Hearts Support Group 

Caring Hearts is a free support group for heart failure (HF) patients and their families held at Summa Barberton Hospital.

Healthy Heart Lectures 

The Healthy Heart Lecture series is a free program featuring area physicians and Summa Barberton Hospital clinical staff as speakers on cardiac issues. 

Summa offers a wide selection of health and wellness classes/programs at various locations. See the complete listing.