Mended Hearts of Central Ohio
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| We Inspire, Support and Educate Heart Patients and Caregivers

Support, Encouragement, Inspiration, and Monthly Heart Education Meetings for Heart Patients and Their Families

Our passionate group helps people understand that there can be a rich, rewarding life after a heart event!  We inspire, comfort and support heart patients and their families, share experiences, and learn from healthcare professionals at monthly heart education meetings.  Our group also includes people at risk for heart disease, as no one likes a surprise cardiac event!!  

For additional information, please contact Jeff Davidson at (614) 580-1561 or e-mail Jeff by clicking here.   See our member's "heart success stories" and reach out to a specific member if you would like to talk with someone with first hand experience with: heart failure, congenital heart issues, AFib, coronary artery disease, living with an LVAD or transplant, and more.  We would like to hear from you! 

As of April 30, 2016, we have over 260 members (age 24 to 95) in central Ohio.   Our membership consists of heart patients, caregivers, doctors, nurses, heart care administrators and people wanting to "not be a heart patient!!"   Our doctors and advancements in cardiac care make our success stories possible!  Since July 2011, we have made over 8,000 heart patient visits at the Ross Heart Hospital and University Hospital East.



Carl Smerdel's Mended Heart Story  Please DONATE to the "Courtney Williams Fund in Heart Failure Research" (fund 315265).   For more information about this fund, go to our News Page.  For a CardioSmart/American College of Cardiology infographic on the many causes of heart failure, please click HERE.  For an OSU article on "Understanding Heart Failure", click HERE.


Heart Education Meetings 2015 and 2016 

May 11, 2016: Presentation by OSU Ross CICU Nurses entitled "The First 24 Hours After Open-Heart Surgery: A Nurses Perspective"  (52 in attendance with lots of Q&A) AND a celebration of nurses!!  See presentation HERE.  

April 21, 2016: Presentation by OSU Ross Pharmacists (L-R) Dr. Min,  John Afek (member), Dr. Pickworth, Dr. Herman, Dr. Blais, and Dr. Pruchnicki entitled:  "An Evening with your Pharmacist" (with 55 in attendance and lots of Q&A).   See presentation HERE and note the Pharmacist's E-mail Addresses for medication questions!!  

March 10, 2016: Presentations by Dr. Kavita Sharma and Amy Sturm, MS, LGC on "Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) and Updates on Cholesterol Treatments" with 24-year old FH patient, Christian Jacobs (42 in attendance).   See presentations here from:  Dr. Sharma and Amy Sturm.   FH is genetic and many times undiagnosed.  Check into this issue.


February 11, 2016:  Presentation by Laura Newman, MSW, LISW-s of OSU Ross (top left) on:  "Caregivers--How We Help our Loved Ones" with passionate caregiver stories by Melissa Justice (bottom left) and Annette Salser (right) (61 in attendance).   See presentations here from:  Laura and Annette plus Caregiver Tips  

January 14, 2016:  Presentation by Dr. Rami Khayat, Director of the OSU Sleep Heart Program, on: "Sleep And Cardiovascular Health" (65 in attendance)  See Presentation Here   Call (614) 293-4299 for an appointment.


December 17, 2015:  Celebration of Life Dinner with members, caregivers, sponsors and OSU doctors (85 in attendance)  See 2015 Accomplishments Slideshow 


November 12, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Kathleen Dungan on "Managing Diabetes To Better Manage Heart Disease"  (52 in attendance)  See Presentation Here 

October 14, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Robert Cooper on "Chest Pain In The ER--Are Cardiac Workups Doing More Harm than Good?"  (47 in attendance)   See Presentation Here 


Sept. 10, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. William Abraham on "Reversing Coronary Artery Disease and Heart Muscle Damage"  (72 in attendance)   See Carl Smerdel's Heart Story!     See Dr. Abraham Presentation.

Aug 19, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Charles A. Bush on: Changes in Knowledge and the Management of Cardiovascular Issues from the 1960s to the Present Day" (79 in attendance).   See Presentation Here


July 8, 2015:  Presentations by Dr. David Keseg and Gail Hogan on "Saving Lives With Hands-Only CPR" and CPR training by professionals from the Columbus Fire Department (58 in attendance)  See Presentation Here  Staying Alive Video  Training Pictures 


June 18, 2015  Safe Travel Tips for Heart Patients and Most Memorable Vacation Travel Pictures.  See Dr. Deepali Tukaye Presentation  See PDF entitled "Life Can Be Great After a Serious Heart Event"


May 13, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Sitaramesh Emani on "Living With Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)" (64 in attendance) See Presentation Here 

April 15, 2015: Presentation by Dr. Emile Daoud on "Living With Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) and the Therapies and Procedures for Treating It" (69 in attendance)

March 18, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Juan Crestanello on "The TAVR Procedure" (59 in attendance)

February 11, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Kavita Sharma on "Advances in Lipid Management" with a lot of Q&A on cholesterol issues (67 in attendance) See Presentation Here  


January 14, 2015:  Presentation by Dr. Christopher Clark, DDS on "Dentistry and Your Health" with a discussion on dental disease, infections, endocarditis and the heart patient (52 in attendance).   See Presentation Here 


December 10, 2014:  Member Holiday Sharing Dinner (63 in attendance) with doctors and members sharing with each other, great food and musical entertainment.  See 2014 Accomplishments and Activities

May 14, 2014:  Heart Patient Panel meeting

December 11, 2013 Heart Patient Panel meeting (record 76 in attendance)


Members on Daytime Columbus (NBC 4) - Feb 13, 2013

Mar 29, 2013:  Elaine and "Dr. Russell" (heart therapy dog) pose with Brutus before giving love to heart patients on Good Friday.

March 22, 2013:  Melissa Justice was featured speaker in Dayton, Ohio at The Women of Alpha Phi "RED DRESS GALA" (400 in attendance)  See Melissa's blog:  "Melissa's Heart"

Feb 21, 2013:  Reggie, Maria, Phil, Elaine, Jack, Jeff AND "Dr. Russell" at Monterey's Heart Health Center's 2nd Anniversary luncheon (see Resources & Links page for more on MacIntosh/Monterey)

Jan 31, 2013: Phil/Jeff at "Grand Opening of New Rehabilitation Center" at Kingston of Ashland (see Resources & Links page for more on Kingston)

Dec 14, 2012: "Dr. Russell" (heart therapy dog) makes his 1st rounds at the Ross....heart patients, doctors and nurses loved his bedside manner and his unconditional heart healthy love!!

"Thank You For Being a Friend" (a musical thank you to the OSUWMC, Ross Heart Hospital) - Released June 12, 2012

"Carpe Diem" Video (Heart Patients Seizing The Day!!) -- Released Feb 9, 2012 

"Carpe Diem 2" Video (Heart Patients in Flight)  (a Work-In-Progress)

See our "Inspiration Poster"

Daytime Columbus -- Feb 14, 2012

Daytime Columbus - March 11, 2011