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Patient Resources

It’s common to have questions about your heart condition and how it’s being treated. At Temple, we encourage you to share your questions and concerns with your doctors or nurses, but we understand that sometimes questions may come to mind at unlikely times.

To provide you with easy access to the information you need, when you need it, the Temple Heart & Vascular Institute has created a library of patient resources. Here you will find disease-specific guides, a list of support groups, links to additional medical information, and more. 

Understanding Heart & Vascular Disease

The best way to beat heart & vascular disease is to avoid it in the first place or to catch it early. We encourage all of our web visitors to learn about the most common causes and symptoms of heart & vascular disease.

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Heart Failure Support Group

A diagnosis of heart failure may leave patients and their family members feeling frightened and alone. Having someone else to talk to, someone who has experienced the same issues, may help them feel better physically, spiritually and emotionally.    

The Temple Heart & Vascular Institute’s free Heart Failure Support Group offers patients the chance to share their experiences with others and learn more about their disease. Many who attend are comforted by the knowledge that they are not alone. Family members are also encouraged to attend meetings so they can learn how to cope with this disease.    

The Heart Failure Support Group meets several times throughout the year. To register or for more information about this group, contact Lisa Lomax at 215-707-9259 or email

Transplant Support Group

An organ transplant is a life-changing experience, but it also brings with it many questions and concerns. During the time leading up to a transplant and for a lifetime afterward, patients may find help and comfort by sharing their experiences with others who have faced similar circumstances in their transplant journey.  

Temple University Hospital’s free Transplant Support Group is for patients who have received or are waiting for a new heart, lung, kidney, pancreas or liver. During the meetings, patients and family members discuss a wide range of topics and Temple’s medical professionals often provide helpful educational information.     

The Transplant Support Group meets several times throughout the year.  To register or for more information about this group, contact Natasha Toland at or 215-707-1722.

Smoking Cessation Support Group

The decision to quit smoking is one of the most important choices a person can make about their health. In fact, 15 years after stopping smoking, the risk of death for ex-smokers is almost the same as for people who have never smoked.

To help smokers kick the habit, Temple offers a free Smoking Cessation Support Group. This group meets monthly and offers the education and support smokers need to quit. Being part of a group of people you can relate to can help you through the process of quitting and help you stay committed to being smoke free.

The Smoking Cessation Support Group meets every Tuesday from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm. To register or for more information about this group, contact Kim Dancey-Williams, RN, at or 215-707-5124.


Learn More About Organ Donation

The need for organ donors has never been greater. In the United States, there are more than 120,000 people currently in need of organ transplants. And each year, thousands of people die while waiting for a transplant because no suitable donor can be found for them. You have the power to change that.

By registering as an organ donor, one person may save the lives of up to eight people. Anyone can indicate their desire to be a donor, regardless of age or medical history. Becoming an organ, tissue or eye donor is an incredible and noble gift, because you can give someone a second chance at life.

Learn more about organ donation and how to register as a donor at the links below:

Patient Guides

Medical conditions affecting the heart bring with them many questions for patients and their family members. The Temple Heart & Vascular Institute has created a number of disease-specific guides to help explain these conditions, their symptoms, how they are diagnosed and how they are treated.

Mitral Valve Guide

Avoiding Amputations


Additional Resources

There is an abundance of good information about heart disease online. Much of this information can be found on the websites of respected professional medical organizations. Below are some sites that patients may find useful:    

American College of Cardiology: This 52,000-member professional organization is a leader in creating treatment guidelines for heart disease, educating heart specialists about the latest advances in the field, and supporting cardiovascular research. The ACC provides professional education and operates national registries for the measurement and improvement of quality care.

American Heart Association: The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke through education and research.  

Heart Failure Society of America: This non-profit organization provides a forum for people interested in heart function, heart failure, research and patient care.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: This government agency promotes the prevention and treatment of heart, lung and blood diseases through research, training and education.

Adult Congenital Heart Association: The Adult Congenital Heart Association is dedicated to educating the public and the medical community about adult congenital heart issues through forums, newsletters, support groups and other methods of public information.