Mended Hearts Launches New Education Initiative on Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke

Mended Hearts is pleased to announce a new patient education initiative on atrial fibrillation (AFib) and stroke.  This joint initiative between Mended Hearts and HeartCaring, a cardiovascular outreach program in local hospitals, will increase awareness and inspire action as consumers learn about atrial fibrillation and the resulting increased risk of AFib related stroke.

Mended Hearts of Greater Syracuse chapter 287 will be participating in this initiative by hosting an educational event on AFib and Stroke on Tuesday, September 30th at Parkrose Estates Retirement CommuPrintnity, 7251 Janus Park Drive, Liverpool, NY 13088.  The event is open to the public and is free of charge. “Mended Hearts is pleased to hold this important event for patients with AFib and their caregivers.  A person with AFib is five times more likely to have a stroke. Hopefully, understanding the risks and recognizing the warning signs of stroke will help people prevent this associated risk of AFib” stated Robert Burns, President, Mended Hearts of Greater Syracuse chapter 287.

Dr. James Leyhane of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center will present important information on AFib including treatment options, the risk of stroke, and the warnings signs of a stroke.  Participants will receive the AFib and stroke patient education tools created specifically for this initiative.  Educational materials on Afib and stroke are also available for download at

For more information, please contact the Mended Hearts message line at 315.744.1427 or email .

About Mended Hearts

Mended Hearts is a national and community-based, nationwide heart patient support network founded in 1951.  More than 20,000 members operate through 300 chapters and satellite organizations across the U.S., with one chapter in Canada.  It is recognized for its role in facilitating a positive patient-care experience.  Mended Hearts partners with over 450 hospitals and cardiac rehabilitation clinics offering heart patient support through visiting programs, group meetings and educational forums.  Mended Hearts’ mission is “Inspiring hope and improving the quality of life for heart patients and their families through ongoing peer-to-peer support.”  For more information or to locate a chapter, visit, call 888-HEART-99 or email at