Heart Health: Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Heart disease can leave you feeling tired and weak, making it difficult for you to do the activities you love. The good news is that there are many steps you can take to prevent it. Living a heart-healthy lifestyle and undergoing regular heart screenings can greatly lower your risk for developing heart disease. 

At the Wake Forest Heart & Vascular Center, we emphasize heart health and disease prevention, providing all the heart screenings you need to keep your heart healthy. 

Heart Screening at Wake Forest 

Heart disease can strike at any age. You may not notice the symptoms at first because they develop gradually over time. This is why early detection is so important. Undergoing regular heart screenings allows doctors to diagnose any heart condition in its early stages. 

We provide the full range of heart screening services, including: 

  • Body weight/body mass index (BMI) 
  • Blood sugar 
  • Blood pressure 
  • Cholesterol 
  • Waist circumference 

Learn more our about heart screenings

Risk Factors for Heart Disease 

Many different factors can contribute to your heart disease risk including: 

  • Lifestyle 
  • Family history 
  • Your age 
  • Having other medical conditions, such as diabetes 

You can’t control some of these factors, like age and family history. However, you can make healthy lifestyle changes and talk to your doctor about heart screenings. The best way to know if you are at risk for heart disease is to undergo a heart screening. If our heart team detects a problem, we are ready to help. 

Do you want to learn more about risk factors for heart disease and successfully maintaining heart health? Request an appointment with Wake Forest Baptist today. 

Women’s Heart Health at Wake Forest 

Women face the same risk for heart disease as men do. The effects of pregnancy, menopause and certain congenital heart conditions can lead to heart conditions that require specialized care. 

Women also experience symptoms of heart disease differently than men do. Women’s symptoms can be subtle and include:

  • Heartburn
  • Mild chest pain
  • Feeling tired
  • Discomfort in the back, jaw, arms or shoulder

Because some of these symptoms are nonspecific, women may mistake them for other conditions. However, they may mask a potentially life-threatening condition, so make an appointment with your doctor. 

The Women’s Heart Health Program provides comprehensive screenings and expert care for heart conditions that affect women. Learn more about women’s heart health at Wake Forest.

Heart Health Resources 

The more you know about the risk factors for heart disease, the easier it is for you to take care of your heart. Learn more about heart disease and how to keep your heart healthy: 

Contact Wake Forest Baptist 

Request an appointment online. Or, for more information on heart health or risk factors for heart disease, please call: 

  • 336-716-WAKE or 
  • 888-716-WAKE (toll-free) 


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