Heart Disease Helpline: Heart Disease Support Group Online

Heart disease causes more death than any disease in both men and women in the United States. Heart disease is used as an umbrella term to describe a variety of conditions that affect your heart.

Seeking out a heart disease helpline can be essential to managing your or your loved one's condition. However, many find this to be a challenging step to take. But you are not alone and there is plenty of help available. The ExtendaTouch online group will enable you to connect with actual people who face the same everyday experiences and challenges. ExtendaTouch is completely free and is packed full of stories, friendly advice, and resources that can help you feel part of a positive heart disease group.

How can ExtendaTouch help me?

The ExtendaTouch group consists of unpaid family caregivers across the entire U.S. ExtendaTouch provides online tools for its members to share information and support; perhaps even current news about:

  • Managing symptoms and side effects
  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle
  • Therapies and treatments
  • Risk prevention and warning signs

You can feel safe expressing yourself or reading about your most pressing questions about heart disease. ExtendaTouch is anonymous and secure to assist you in meeting other family caregivers to find information and support. ExtendaTouch doesn't provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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My father and his mother, (my grandmother) died from heart attacks. My father suffered from debilitating angina. So heart disease runs on my father's side. It was after my husband's heart attack, and on his cardiologist's advice, that I started taking statins when I turned 30. My plaque build-up, when measured in my 40's was zero. A rare score that I'm convinced was the result of taking statins at 30, before any signs. Though I do eat well and exercise regularly and that would contribute as well. I was able to learn early enough that having any family history is the indicator to act before. Today doctors have so much more to offer people with heart disease, most of all new knowledge. My dad refused treatment that could have extended his life and made it less difficult. But in the end, having independence over those choices for oneself is sacred, and the least we can do for someone leaving us is to leave on their own accord, as they wish.
I care(d) a total of 11 years for a male
I care(d) a total of 1 year for a malefemale
I care(d) a total of 1 year for a female
My dad was diagnosed with congestive heart failure. I don't have a lot of specific experience with the medical aspects of the diagnosis - more with the symptoms.
I care(d) a total of 4 years for a male
My dad had chronic heart disease for most of his life.He had 2 bypasses, a few rhythm procedures and ultimately died of heart failure. I managed his meds and his general well being when my mom was no longer able to.
I care(d) a total of 28 years for a male
I helped my mother during her last year. She was a blessing. And I miss her a lot. We had a great relationship and we journeyed this together.
I care(d) a total of 1 year for a female
I care(d) a total of 1 year for a female
I care(d) a total of 1 year for a malefemale