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Published on November 17, 2016

UNC REX’s Mended Hearts Support Group Celebrates 15th Anniversary

RALEIGH, N.C. – The UNC REX Healthcare chapter of Mended Hearts, an education and support group affiliated with the American Heart Association, will celebrate its 15th anniversary on Monday, Nov. 21.

The UNC REX group gives cardiovascular patients a chance to hear from cardiologists and other medical professionals about the latest in treatments, research, prevention and wellness. Members also visit newly diagnosed cardiovascular patients at UNC REX Hospital. Since the group was formed 15 years ago, it has helped hundreds of survivors and their families.

The Mended Hearts meeting on Nov. 21 will begin at 5 p.m. with a tour of the new Heart & Vascular Hospital at UNC REX. The eight-story, 114-bed facility will open in early March. The new hospital will consolidate cardiovascular services now spread across seven locations on the UNC REX campus, and offer the latest in innovation, research, education, treatment and more.

After the tour, the Mended Hearts group will gather in the cardiac rehabilitation center at UNC REX for refreshments and to hear from Dr. George Adams, an internationally renowned cardiologist who specializes in innovative treatments for cardiovascular and peripheral vascular disease.

“I often refer my patients to the Mended Hearts group because survivors of cardiovascular disease can offer hope and inspiration to others,” Adams said. “At UNC REX, we are researching and testing new treatments and procedures that can save lives and restore patients’ quality of life.”

Mended Hearts meets in the Cardiac Rehab Area of the REX Women’s Center on the third Monday evening of every month. Cardiac survivors and their friends and family are welcome to attend. For more information, call 919-784-3756.

**MEDIA NOTE: Mended Hearts members and Dr. George Adams will be available for interviews at the support group meeting on Nov. 21. Dr. Adams’ remarks are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Contact Alan Wolf to schedule an interview, (919) 218-7103 or alan.wolf@unchealth.unc.edu.

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