Heart disease is the nation's number one killer of men and women, but a group of people who survived it are part of a unique group in the east.
The Mended Hearts chapter at Carolina East Medical Center is New Bern is among the hundreds around the country where those who have gone through some form of hear disease meet to support each other, and those who face heart issues.
Bob Pettigrew told us he felt like he was the only one struggling after he had a quadruple bypass two years ago. "Then you get into a group like this and you find out everybody's going through similar stuff so it's not as hard to do."
Pettigrew is now the president of the Mended Hearts chapter at Carolina East, which started a little over a year ago.
The group has educational sessions once a month, and every so often they go out as a group and enjoy their new lives together. Pettigrew says, "They've all become very important, my doctors, my nurses, my rehab people and the people in Mended Hearts. We all share a lot and it's really touched me."