Ironheart Connect is a Facebook group created as a conduit to get people in the cardiac community talking. It is a safe place where not just patients but caregivers, friends, and family can have open, meaningful conversations about a variety of topics which may include getting prepared for heart surgery, choosing the best diet, to selecting which activities are best.  It is also a great place to seek and provide support for one another.

The Ironheart Community acts as a mentoring support network and also offers tips and tricks from others who have learned who are living and thriving with heart disease.  We encourage people to post in our Facebook group when they are going through experiences like procedures or other tough times.

Ironheart Connect is also the perfect place to share your inspirational photos and stories. For those interested in having their full story displayed on the website please email stories@ironheartfoundation.org.

We will also be posting activities and events to the Ironheart Connect group, as will members of the community. Feel free to invite other folks to your events, activities or gatherings!

To join our community, simply visit Ironheart Connect and request to be added to the group.

Thanks for adding me , one of my friend is suffering from heart blockages and high blood pressure , he is really close friend of mine and it's tough to see him in this condition , I have 6 years of experience in fitness , I want that he should start exercises first by jogging few weeks and then mat be some strength training I got from cardiac rehab centre, please suggest me is jogging safe for him , he had one angioplasty till date , will it be safe if I make him start jogging . ...

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Michael Fleming here, thanks for adding me. I am scheduled for open heart surgery on June 15th to replace my aortic and mitral valves. Reading all of the posts and experiences here has helped my confidence. My surgeon tells me that I will "feel like crap" for a couple of weeks and then I will "feel like Superman". That will be fun. ...

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Although we all know how exercise makes our lives better, a very good special edition of Time. Well worth the money 😀👍🏼🚴🏊🏿‍♀️ ...

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Okay folks, I need some comments besides give it time. I'm 63, 12 weeks post AVR and 9 post PM implant. Had the AVR almost electively as though my stenosis was severe and getting ventricular enlargement I was asymptomatic in normal day to day life. I've been a Du-athlete for years and though I had stopped running due to my heart I could still bike strongly right up to the day before the surgery. I've been back on my bike for over a month now but still find my power and speed down and my HR up considerably. My active recovery is also really slow as compared to pre-op. With improved cardiac output I seriously thought my recovery would be better and my cardiac stress less not more.

So again, besides "be patient" and "you had a major surgery give it time" can someone explain to me why a heart with a bad valve beat at just 120-130bpm at 17+mph for an hour now with a good valve beats at 135-145bpm at just 15-16mph for that same hour. ...

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I had my CT scan today and the doctors are a little closer to pin pointing what's going on. Looks like more tests coming. ...

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