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The COVID- 19 Vaccine and its effectiveness for Heart Patients and their families.

The COVID 19 vaccine is available to New Yorkers ages 16 and over. This brings about the question for many heart patients and their families as to whether it is safe for them to get the vaccine. It also brings about the question as to whether the vaccine will keep heart patients safe from the COVID- 19 virus. Here at Harboring Hearts, we wanted to give information on the COVID 19 vaccine and the effect it will have. Addressing the […]

Outdoor Exercise and Benefits towards Heart Health

As we head into Spring and Summer and as the weather gets nicer it is a great time to get you and your family outdoors doing activities and exercising. Outdoor activities and exercise can greatly benefit you and your heart health.  One great benefit of outdoor exercise is it can be a great way to start your cardiovascular health journey. According to Piedmont Healthcare “Walking outdoors is a great cardiovascular workout, especially if you’re new to exercise.” Being able to […]

Heart Healthy Food Access

  For our families, one of the barriers they face on their heart journey is having healthy food options. In 2020, more than half of the grants we gave out to families, were for food. We know that one major aspect of supporting your heart is through having a heart-healthy diet. Having a healthy diet is one of the best ways to prevent cardiovascular disease. According to the American Heart Association “A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best weapons […]

American Heart Month and Black History Month

  February 1st kicks off Heart Month as well as Black History Month! Here at Harboring Hearts, we want to celebrate and honor the connection as well as spread awareness of the intersection between our work and Black History Month.    American Heart Month was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 when he made a Presidential Proclamation in December 1963. He declared that the month February (starting in February 1964) would be American Heart Month. American Heart Month […]

10 Facts About Children’s Cardiomyopathy

10 Facts about Children’s Cardiomyopathy – from the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation. Cardiomyopathy is a chronic illness of the heart muscle that causes the heart to decrease its ability to pump blood. In severe cases, it can lead to heart failure. There are five forms of cardiomyopathy: dilated (DCM), hypertrophic (HCM), restrictive (RCM), arrhythmogenic right ventricular (ARVC) cardiomyopathy, and left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy (LVNC). Each of these forms is based on a different part of the heart muscle being affected. Cardiomyopathy […]

Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month

Harboring Hearts is partnering with the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF) to promote Children’s Cardiomyopathy Awareness Month this September. The awareness month calls attention to the signs, symptoms, and risk factors for cardiomyopathy and sudden cardiac arrest.    Cardiomyopathy affects how the heart muscle pumps blood through the body, and it is a leading cause of sudden cardiac deaths and heart transplants in children.    Throughout the month, Harboring Hearts will be posting facts and information on Children’s Cardiomyopathy. Children’s Cardiomyopathy […]

What to Expect in the Coming Months with COVID-19

As we begin to see families preparing for the next months ahead with back to school and fall we understand there may be concerns about what it will mean since we are still experiencing the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please know that our team at Harboring Hearts is thinking of you and your family during this stressful and unsure time. In hopes of relieving some concerns you and your family may have, we are linking the CDC’s COVID-19 Portal and the specific […]

Job Resources for those Impacted by Covid-19

We recognize the impact COVID-19 has had on patients and their families who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. To help support you and your family we have included in this post link to resources for those seeking employment after their job was impacted by COVID-19. This link has a wide arrange of resources on job searches as well as ways to protect yourself and take precautions while working. We hope that this will help to support you […]

Understanding New York’s Plans for Reopening

As COVID- 19 restrictions begin to be lifted and places will begin to reopen in New York, we understand that the patients and families we work with may have concerns with what this means and how they will be able to keep themselves safe. We are providing a link to New York State site will information on what the different phases of reopening mean. Also included is information specifically about guidelines and how to continue to protect yourself during this […]

Resources for Transplant Patients and Families during COVID-19 Pandemic

Facing a pandemic as a patient who has had a transplant, or is waiting for a transplant, is an extremely difficult situation. As we face this journey together, please know that as transplant patients and families you are in the thoughts of the staff at Harboring Hearts and the rest of the transplant community. To help answer some of these questions and concerns we have linked information and resources from the American Society of Transplantation: https://www.myast.org/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions-transplant-candidates-and-recipients#  We hope you find these resources […]