Children's Health and Wellness

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 nearly one-third between 1997 and 2007. Still, more than 80 million Americans suffer from cardiovascular diseases linked with heart attacks and strokes, according to the AHA.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. Though more men have heart disease, women are more likely to die from a first heart attack. The average 50-year-old woman is three 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 impact 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 one 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 of us deny these factors will affect our 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 one risk factor, you should address it. But in most instances, multiple risk factors do the damage. Nonetheless, addressing only one or two of your risk factors--smoking and obesity, for example--can result in a dramatic improvement in your health and a reduction in your level of cardiac 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 at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five days a week.A. TrueB. False9. If you think you might be having a heart attack, you've got two 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, do not 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:
Print Source: Ute, WL. Earthquakes. European Heart Journal (2012)
Online Source: American Heart Association. Understand Your Risk of Heart Attackhttp://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HeartAttack/UnderstandYourRiskofHeartAttack/Understand-Your-Risk-of-Heart-Attack_UCM_002040_Article.jsp#.TwMlaZhQZcQ
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: Metzger, Geri
Online Medical Reviewer: newMentor board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Online Medical Reviewer: Ziegler, Olivia Walton, MS, PA-C
Date Last Reviewed: 4/30/2013