Take the Heart Health Test
How healthy is your heart? Find out more by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the American Heart Association (AHA).1. We've made only modest progress in reducing the toll of heart disease in the last 10 years.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Heart attack deaths fell by one-third between 2000 and 2010.A. TrueB. False2. Heart disease kills more women than all types of cancer combined.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Many women don't realize how much risk they face when it comes to heart disease, the NHLBI says. Men's risk rises after age 40, and women's risk rises about 10 years later, after menopause. Although more men have heart disease, women are more likely to die from a first heart attack. The average 50-year-old woman is 3 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than breast cancer, the NHLBI says.A. TrueB. False3. No clinical studies have shown that stress plays a role in heart disease.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is The link between mind and body is getting clearer. Studies following Japanese earthquakes, for instance, found heart attacks caused more deaths than injuries during and just after tremors.A. TrueB. False4. An aspirin can have a great effect on your heart.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Doctors recommend that many older adults take a daily low-dose aspirin such as a "baby aspirin" or half of an adult aspirin to help prevent blood clots in coronary arteries. In fact, some experts believe we could save thousands of lives a year if everyone swallowed 1 regular aspirin at the first sign of a heart attack, after dialing 911. Doctors warn, however, that daily aspirin isn't for everyone — especially people who take blood thinners or are prone to digestive irritation. Ask your doctor. Remember that aspirin and cholesterol-lowering medication are no substitute for lifestyle changes.A. TrueB. False5. Sexual activity is dangerous for people with heart disease.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is The actual stress on the heart is fairly mild, but check with your doctor for guidance before you resume sexual activity after a heart attack.A. TrueB. False6. Denial can be an important component of heart disease.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Even with all the information available about risk factors such as age, smoking, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, hypertension, diabetes, and family history, many people deny that these factors will affect their life.A. TrueB. False7. If you have a risk factor for heart disease, your chances of reducing your risk are minimal.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is If you have 1 risk factor, you should address it. But in most instances, multiple risk factors do the damage. Nonetheless, addressing only 1 or 2 of your risk factors - smoking and obesity, for example - can result in a dramatic improvement in your health and reduce your risk.A. TrueB. False8. For a healthy heart you must exercise strenuously each day, just like an athlete.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Many people avoid exercise in the belief that it will do no good unless they perspire heavily and gasp for breath. This is not true. Work on accumulating 40 minutes on average of moderate- to high-intensity physical activity 3 to 4 days a week.A. TrueB. False9. If you think you might be having a heart attack, you have 2 hours to decide what to do.You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Lives can be saved if people act sooner. If you suffer chest discomfort or shortness of breath, don't wait! Call 911 and get to the nearest emergency room. Extra time increases the chances for death or permanent damage. Medications that break up blood clots can be given quickly at a hospital — possibly saving your life.A. TrueB. FalseYour score was:
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Online Source: American Heart Association. Sex and Heart Diseasehttp://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/More/MyHeartandStrokeNews/Sex-and-Heart-Disease_UCM_436414_Article.jsp
Online Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. What is Coronary Heart Disease?http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/cad/
Online Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. What are Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors?http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hd/
Online Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. How Does Heart Disease Affect Women?http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/hdw/
Author: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Foster, Sara, RN, MPH
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Date Last Reviewed: 4/14/2014
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