Facing recovery after a stroke or heart disease diagnosis can be scary, but connecting with others going through similar journeys can help. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association offers a wide range of resources, materials and interactive tools to help you manage your condition and improve your cardiovascular health.
The Support Network offers an online community, as well as materials for starting face-to-face community-based support groups and resources for healthier living. The goal is to connect people living with heart disease and stroke with others who are going through similar journeys.
The monitored online community offers people a place to ask questions, share concerns or fears, provide helpful tips and find encouragement and inspiration.
Some people may prefer more personal interaction, and that’s where face-to-face community-based support groups can be beneficial. The online Support Network houses all the tools and resources needed to start an in-person support group, including train-the-trainer materials for group leaders, checklists for building groups and even sample agendas for meetings. Support groups can also set up an online meeting space where members can stay in touch between in-person meetings.