Think you know your stuff when it comes to cardiovascular health? Test your heart health knowledge with this quiz, and share your scores in the comments!
True or False: The symptoms of a heart attack are different for men and women.
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ANSWER: True. While we may associate a heart attack with severe chest pain concentrated on the left side and down one arm, that symptom is most often found in men. Women, on the other hand, don’t always feel pain in as concentrated an area.
QUESTION: Think someone is having a heart attack? You should:
A. Call 911.
B. Have them take an aspirin.
C. Perform CPR.
D. All of the above.
E. None of the above.
ANSWER: D. All of the above. Always call 911 if you think someone is having a heart attack — false alarms are possible, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. While you’re waiting for the ambulance, give/take aspirin, and, if necessary, perform CPR as instructed by the 911 operator.
QUESTION: After they quit smoking, how many years does it take for ex-smokers’ hearts to be as healthy as their non-smoking peers?
D. Ex-smokers’ hearts will never be as healthy as non-smokers’ hearts.
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ANSWER: B. After just 3 years of living smoke free, ex-smokers will have healthier hearts.
True or False: ___ of adults have at least 2 symptoms of cardiovascular disease:
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ANSWER: 28%. Common symptoms include: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, poor diet, and alcohol and tobacco use.
QUESTION: Heart attacks occur most often in:
A. The morning.
B. The afternoon.
C. The evening.
D. Any time.
ANSWER: A. the morning — and it’s no statistical anomaly. Simply put, heart attacks are more likely to occur in the morning because there’s an imbalance in the body’s demand for oxygen and its supply of oxygen. If you’d like a more detailed explanation, click here.
QUESTION: How much physical activity is recommended to reduce your risk of heart disease?
A. 15 Minutes, 3 times a week.
B. 30 minutes, 4-5 times a week.
C. 30 minutes, every day.
D. 1 hour, every day.
ANSWER: C. 30 minutes, every day. You don’t need to go all out — brisk walking is a perfectly fine option — but studies show that getting 1/2 hour of exercise every day significantly lowers your risk of developing heart disease. If you can’t find the time, doing some exercise a few times a week is better than doing none at all.
True or False: People with heart disease shouldn’t exercise.
ANSWER: False. In fact, exercise will help your heart function and aid in recovery. Talk to your doctor about the best exercises for you, and how often you should do them.