Supporting patients in every way possible is important to us at Seton Medical Center Harker Heights. We are pleased to offer support to those with heart disease and their loved ones. Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death in Texas and the United States. Mended Hearts is a national and community based non-profit organization that offers the gift of hope to heart disease patients, their families and caregivers.
“We began gathering at Seton Harker Heights in March of 2017 and gained chapter status in May 2018,” shares Cindy Romero, RN. Romero is a nurse in the Catheterization Laboratory and leads monthly Mended Hearts Meetings at Seton Medical Center Harker Heights. Romero has been a nurse for over 15 years.
Mended Hearts meets once a month. Each month, a new speaker addresses the group about a topic relevant to the patients.
“Mended Hearts is important because it offers patients a support network of people who have dealt with some of the same issues or concerns,” shares Romero. “A patient may receive a new diagnosis and go home feeling overwhelmed by all of the new information they have been given in the hospital,” explains Romero.
“That same patient may begin to feel angry, sad and alone at home because they don't understand their disease, or the disease process, and they may feel anxious about all of the things happening around them. As a nurse, I can explain the disease process but I can never actually say I have heart disease. There is a feeling of relief and camaraderie when you hear someone else is dealing with the same issues you are. This is what Mended Hearts offers the patients: support, camaraderie and education.”
Questions about Mended Hearts? Please reach out to Cindy Romero at (254) 618-1130.