Heart Disease

Male clutching at heart and appears to be in painHeart disease, a common cause of death in North Carolina, is caused by the narrowing of blood vessels to the heart, a condition linked with high blood pressure and cholesterol. Heart disease can be treated by improving diet, exercise, and understanding your risk factors. For financial assistance with managing your condition, see our page on Free & Discounted Services.

Managing Heart Disease

Managing Heart Disease can be a confusing experience for newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers. To learn about the specific kinds of providers that might make up your health care team, as well as the services, programs, support groups, and organizations that can help you manage, visit the Managing Heart Disease page.


Support Groups & Forums

These sites allow patients to discuss their experiences with illnesses, treatments, and other health matters. Any information or opinions posted are those of the forum users themselves and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.

Mobile Apps & Tools

Mobile apps and tools can provide you with easy-to-use information and resources that can serve as one part of your overall strategy to become and stay healthy.

First Aid provides step-by-step instructions for handling common first aid scenarios. Free. iOS, Android, Kindle.

Instant Heart Rate uses the camera on a smartphone to detect the pulse rate. Less than $10. iOS, Android, Windows Phone.


Resources selected by Mark McKone, Coy C. Carpenter Library, Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
Last reviewed March 31, 2020

Last updated March 31, 2020 at 7:03 pm