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For more information about our support groups please call us at 877-999-7484.

Being diagnosed with a heart condition can be an isolating experience. Support groups offer a place for you to meet people who understand what you’re going through, because they’ve gone through an experience like yours. Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute offers a variety of support groups in the greater Charlotte area for people of all ages with heart disease and their family.

By connecting with others, you’ll feel less alone, learn more about your disease and how to better manage it and benefit from the opportunity to “open your heart” by helping others. You may also find that attending a support group and connecting with members helps with depression, a very common side effect of heart disease, heart surgery and heart attacks that can seriously hinder recovery.

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Support Group is for adults living with ACHD. Meet the program care provider and ACHD survivor, Katie, to get your questions answered, talk with others and see first-hand why it's important not only to receive regular care for ACHD, but to make sure it's the right kind of care. Register to attend our monthly support group.

Levine Cardiac Kids is a support group for children who have been diagnosed with or are being treated for congenital heart defects and their families.

The Heart Success Support Group is for patients who have congestive heart failure (CHF) and family/caregivers are encouraged to attend as well. Monthly meetings include educational discussions about medication, stress management, nutrition and weight control, smoking cessation, medical devices and other areas of concern for people with CHF.

Heart Success Support Group Locations
Where CMC SouthPark Medical Plaza, (formerly Morrocroft Medical Plaza)
4525 Cameron Valley Parkway, in the first floor Community Room
Charlotte, NC 28211
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When Third Thursday of each month at 2 p.m.
Contact For more information, please contact Laura Aggabao at 704-355-8816

The Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Support Group allows people with ICDs and their families to connect with others to learn more about their devices and issues related to their conditions. Each meeting features a different discussion topic.

ICD Support Group Locations
Where Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute-Shelby
(Please use the entrance facing Morgan St.)
111 West Grover St.
Shelby, NC 28150
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When Monday, April 28, 3 to 4 p.m. – Topic: Medication Compliance
Monday, July 28, 3 to 4 p.m. – Topic: Atrial Fibrillation
Monday, Oct. 24, 3 to 4 p.m. – Topic: How Does the Heart Work?
RSVP The meetings are free, but registration is required.  Please RSVP by calling 704-482-1006 or register online.
Where Covenant Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall
1000 East Morehead St.
Charlotte, NC 28203
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When Thursday, March 13, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Topic: Caution! Myths about What You Cannot Do with an ICD, Guest Speaker: Robbie Sutkay, St. Jude Medical representative (*Sponsored by St. Jude Medical)
Thursday, June 12, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Topic: The Importance of Antiarrhythmic Medications, Guest Speaker: Esther Pimplekar, SHVI Nurse Practitioner (*Sponsored by Boston Scientific)

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Topic: Atrial Fibrillation, Guest Speaker: Dr. Sherry Saxonhouse, SHVI Electrophysiologist (*Sponsored by Biotronik, Inc.)

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Topic: Spiritual Practices of the Heart, Guest speaker: Dr. David Carl, Director of CHS Pastoral Care (*Sponsored by Medtronic)

RSVP The meetings are free, but registration is required. Please RSVP by calling 704-373-0212 or register online.

The New Hearts Support Group is for patients who are heart transplant candidates or recipients. The group meets every other month to discuss information and concerns unique to heart transplantation.

The Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Support Group is for patients who are candidates for or have received VADs. Monthly meetings offer information, and participants share experiences about living with a VAD.

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