Mended Hearts, Inc. is a national non-profit cardiac support group that is dedicated to inspiring hope, offering encouragement, and improving the quality of life for heart patients, their families and caregivers.

The organization was started by Dr. Dwight E. Harken, a heart surgeon, with three of his open heart surgery patients in January 1951.

Over 60 years later, there are 300 Mended Hearts chapters in the U.S. and Canada where heart patients meet monthly for ongoing social, emotional and practical support. They are partners with over 460 hospitals and rehabilitation clinics. Mended Hearts offers services to heart patients through visiting programs, support group meetings and educational forums.

I had the honor of speaking to an engaging group of heart patients at their chapters at the Oakland Kaiser Hospital, Hayward Kaiser Hospital, and Washington Hospital in Fremont. Find a chapter near you.  I spoke on functional longevity and covered the top eight strategies to living a longer and stronger life.

Karen’s Fit Tip: I encourage you to find out more about Mended Hearts. They are an extremely valuable resource. Contact: or 1-888-HEART99.

Karen Owoc

Karen Owoc is a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist specializing in cardiology. Her back-to-basics, science-based approach to longevity, nutrition, and muscle health has made her the go-to source for health seekers and medical professionals alike. Karen's best-selling book on functional longevity, Athletes in Aprons: The Nutrition Playbook to Break 100 and her transformative perspective have reshaped and mended many minds, hearts, and spirits.

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    1. Hi Mended Hearts! Yes, you may quote a few of my articles. Thank you for the credit and sources back to this website. It is very much appreciated. I hope your readers will follow as well. You are performing a great service. I’ve truly enjoyed guest speaking at your various chapters. Mended Hearts is a wonderful organization that provides education, resources and support to cardiac patients.

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