For Your Heart Health

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. Below you will find resources and information to keep your heart healthy, including:

Let's Start a Conversation About Your Heart

Move It: Aim for 30 minutes of activity every day.

Waist Management: Make sure you are in the appropriate weight for your height/body type.

Eat Right: Focus on fruits and vegetables and avoid high sugar/fat foods.

Snooze or Snore: Get enough sleep and look for signs of sleep apnea.

Kick the Habit: Stop smoking. Avoid secondhand smoke.

Say "no" to Stress: Learn coping techniques.

Start Now: Even small changes can make a big impact.

Keep the Conversation Going: Request an appointment online or call 336-716-WAKE336-716-WAKE (9253).

Heart Attack Symptoms*

  • Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest.
  • Chest discomfort with difficulty breathing
  • Chest discomfort with light-headedness, fainting or sweating
  • Chest discomfort with nausea
  • Unusual symptoms: jaw pain, pain across shoulders, fatigue

*If you experience any of these symptoms, get medical help immediately.

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. 

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. 

Learn more our about heart screenings

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-WAKE336-716-WAKE (9253). 


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