Support Groups

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)

Patient & Family Education Series

Educational sessions, given by physicians from the Arrhythmia Center, can help you learn more about living with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD). Sessions include a Q&A session and light refreshments.

Schedule: Call (516) 414-3222. Please leave your name and telephone number; you will be automatically registered.

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Fee: No fee, but pre-registration is recommended

Stroke Survivors Support Group

Stroke survivors and their caregivers often need help adjusting to the changes in their lives. Support groups help stroke survivors, caregivers, and other family members obtain

information and offer them the chance to share concerns, network and form new friendships.

Schedule: Meets third Wednesday of each month, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Fee: No Fee but Registration Required

Call: (516) 629-2013

Stress Management & Meditation

Research has shown that developing healthful tools to manage your reactions to often unavoidable daily stressors lowers blood pressure, reduces anxiety and increases overall wellness. Interactive class will focus on relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, meditation, nutrition, exercise, setting goals, making healthful decisions, and finding resources and support.

Schedule: Thursdays: October 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 29

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Fee: $20, includes workbook; pre-registration is required

Call: (516) 629-2013


Come join us for a relaxing class that can help you:

  • Decrease blood pressure
  • Reduce stress hormones
  • Allow for an overall sense of peace and well being

Schedule: Saturdays: October6, 13, 27; November 3, 10, 17, 24;


Time: 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Fee: No fee, but pre-registration is required

Call: (516) 629-2013

Chronic Pain Support Group

Educational sessions for patients and families, facilitated by physicians from the Pain Management Program, can help you learn more about dealing with chronic pain. Sessions include Q&A.

Schedule: Call for next available program; (516) 563-7910

Fee: No fee, but pre-registration is requested

Stop Smoking Classes: Ready to Quit?

The American Lung Association’s Freedom from Smoking ® program is for individuals who are ready to quit smoking now. Because most people know that smoking is dangerous to their health, this program focuses on how to quit, not why to quit.

For information about our program (7-8 weekly sessions), call (516) 629-2013.

Fee: None, but registration required

Diabetes Support/Educational Series

Ongoing monthly support and lecture series on a variety of topics pertinent to living with diabetes.

Schedule: September 26; October 24; November 21; December 19

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Location: The DeMatteis Center for Cardiac Research & Education, Fitness Center conference room

Call: (516) 629-2070 for specific listing of topics and to reserve a space


Those recovering from open-heart surgery share experiences with other surgery patients and provide counsel. Meets monthly to enjoy a featured speaker on health-related topics of interest. This friendly group also offers a full calendar of social events that includes: golf outings, fishing trips, annual King & Queen of Hearts Dinner-Dance, picnics, day trips, as well as a telephone network of support to connect individuals with Braveheart members who have experienced the same type of procedure.

Fee: $20 annual dues

Mail to: BraveHearts of St. Francis Hospital

100 Port Washington Blvd., Roslyn, NY 11576

You will receive a membership card and monthly newsletter with information on upcoming meetings and special events.

Call: (516) 562-6785 more information

Continuing interaction with fellow BraveHearts will provide ongoing comfort and support as you resume your everyday activities and maintain a lifestyle of good health.


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