Connecting Hearts Support Group

We understand that a heart disease diagnosis often brings fear and feelings of isolation. We also know that emotional support is vitally important to recovery. We are here to help!

The Connecting Hearts Support Group meets monthly to provide education and support for men and women after a heart attack, living with a heart condition or at risk for cardiovascular disease.

 

Advocates for Healthy Hearts

As part of the Connecting Hearts Support Group, our unique group of Advocates for Healthy Hearts gives you a chance to connect with others who are heart disease survivors. Often connecting with someone who has been right where you are can help answer questions or provide support.

All advocates are Norton Healthcare volunteers trained to provide support to men and women with heart disease.

Connect with an advocate today to receive individual support and resources for recovery.

Theresa Byrd
Theresa Bension, R.N., BSN
Program coordinator, cardiovascular nurse navigator
(502) 899-6961
theresa.byrd@nortonhealthcare.org
Brenda Burney
Brenda Burney
Triple bypass, cardiac rehabilitation
(502) 295-4586
reachingheartsx3@aol.com
Carol Ebel
Carol Ebel
Broken heart syndrome, apical ballooning (Takotsubo cardiomyopathy), mitral valve prolapse, heart failure
(502) 541-6604
carol.ebel70@gmail.com
Janet Lang
Janet Lang
Atrial fibrillation
janet.lang66@gmail.com
Marty Metcalfe
Marty Metcalfe
Heart attack, quadruple bypass
(502) 387-5913
mcmetcalfe16@gmail.com
Molly Milan
Molly Milan
Prinzmetal’s angina, heart failure, defibrillator
(502) 435-5139
mmilan777@gmail.com
Lori Oliver
Lori Oliver
Endocarditis, mitral valve replacement
(502) 415-8166
lori.oliver@nortonhealthcare.org
Deara Porter
Deara Porter
Hypertensive cardiomyopathy, heart failure
dearaporter@gmail.com
Alice Redmon
Alice Redmon
Coronary artery disease, stent
(502) 899-6961

Norton Healthcare Heart and Vascular Institute

About Norton Heart & Vascular Institute

Norton Heart & Vascular Institute specialists treat more people for heart and vascular care — about 250,000 every year — than any other provider in Louisville and Southern Indiana.

  • Norton Healthcare’s four adult-service hospitals are American College of Cardiology accredited Cycle VI Chest Pain Centers — the highest level of expertise to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
  • We have more than 45 board-certified cardiovascular physicians and 30 advanced practice providers. Through training and years of experience, they specialize in areas such as cardiologyinterventional cardiologycardiothoracic surgeryelectrophysiologyadvanced heart failure and vascular surgery.
  • We offer same-day new patient appointments.
  • We have 27 locations in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Telecardiology is offered at more than 30 clinical sites in the region.
  • We have the experience, expertise and easy access you’d expect from the largest cardiovascular care provider in Kentucky.
  • Norton Healthcare is the only health care system in Kentucky to receive the prestigious Mission Lifeline: Regional Trailblazer Award from the American Heart Association for being an innovator in creating a system of care for ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) heart attacks —  the most severe type of heart attack.
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