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Heart Aware

Heart Aware

A computer and about seven minutes of your time could save your life. UNC REX Healthcare offers Heart Aware, a free, confidential online heart risk assessment program in which participates confidentially answer a series of questions about their health, family background and lifestyle habits. The Heart Aware assessment immediately provides a personalized report about the respondent's risk factors for heart disease.

Those determined to be at high risk will be eligible for a free follow-up screening. If the testing demonstrates a need for a physician to perform additionally diagnostic evaluation, the patient is appropriately referred to a physician.

By focusing on the following modifiable risk factors, the screening offers people a convenient opportunity to "know their numbers" and track their progress as they make healthy changes:

  • total cholesterol
  • blood pressure
  • blood sugar
  • weight
  • smoking habits

Free Online Screening

The free Heart Aware online assessment takes just seven minutes and provides information about your personal risk for heart disease. Answer a few simple questions and Heart Aware will provide you with a report of your risk factors and recommendations for improving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

After taking the Heart Aware health assessment you may even qualify for a free follow-up consultation and free email newsletters with heart healthy lifestyle tips. All of your information is kept confidential. At the end of the assessment, if you are at risk, you will be contacted about a free follow-up screening and consultation session with a Rex clinician.

The screening consists of:

  • fasting blood cholesterol and glucose test
  • blood pressure check
  • height, weight, waist circumference and BMI (Body Mass Index)
  • consultation with a clinician

The follow-up screening is held at UNC REX Healthcare's Early Detection Center located throughout Wake County for your convenience. We offer locations at the REX Wellness Center of Cary, the REX Wellness Center of Garner, the REX Wellness Center of Knightdale, the REX Wellness Center of Wakefield, and at REX Hospital at 4420 Lake Boone Trail in Raleigh . After the screening, you will receive a confidential report.

Take the free Heart Aware online assessment now

Contact Us

For more information about Cardiac Rehabilitation programs, call 919-784-3756 or contact your physician directly for a referral.

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