Forsyth Medical Center


Know your risk for heart disease

Free online heart risk assessment

Taking care of your heart begins with knowing if you are at risk for heart disease. Before you take the assessment, be aware that the best way to reduce your risk for developing heart disease is to understand and address your risk factors. It should not be surprising that two out of every three women have at least one of the following risk factors:

  • A family history of coronary artery disease, stroke or premature heart disease
  • Age 55 or older
  • Being post-menopausal or having your ovaries removed
  • Obesity
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • High blood pressure
  • High total cholesterol and/or low HDL cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Cigarette smoking

It's also important for women to know the signs of a heart attack because women are more likely than men to experience heart attack symptoms that are not related to chest pain. If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms, call 911 immediately; they may be signs of a heart attack:

  • Neck, shoulder, upper back, jaw or abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Unusual or excessive fatigue
  • Cold sweats

Take our simple heart risk assessment to see if you are at risk.

Free in-person vascular clinic screening

By appointment, Forsyth Medical Center offers non-invasive tests that evaluate your risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD) for persons over age 50 or over age 40 if also diabetic and/or a smoker. These tests are free, but appointments are required. Cal toll-free 1-888-844-0080, option 2, to schedule today!

To learn more or to register for one of these screenings or classes, call:


Programs and classes

In addition to a personalized assessment, you will find a variety of classes and events offered through the Novant Health Heart & Vascular Institute that can help you in your heart health journey. Some of the classes you may be able to take include:

  • Heart disease education classes
  • Healthy lifestyle classes
  • Exercise classes
  • Grocery store tours
  • Cooking classes

For more information or to register for one of these classes, email us at or call 336-277-1880.