What’s Your Heart Health IQ? (Quiz!)


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.

A. True.
B. False.

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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.

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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?

A. 1
B. 3
C. 10
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:
A. 9%
B. 28%
C. 45%
D. 62%

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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.

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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.

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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.
A. True.
B. False.

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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.

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Michael A.
Michael A.1 years ago


Jennifer Bender
Jennifer Bender2 years ago

I studied medicine so I did well. All of the things listed are fairly accurate but as far as a smoker's lungs are concerned the question was how long til the lungs were as healthy as a non-smoker's after quitting. It really depends on how long they've smoked for and how much damage was done. There are a lot details missed in the equation.

Gordon Ralph
Gordon Ralph2 years ago

@Frances D ... ... Thank you thats very good advice....... not too bad then as i am often told off at home for wriggling my feet about especially to music !! i am told to stop fidgeting !! Well i can tell them now that i am not fidgeting! i am exercising like a good nurse told me too !!!! :- )

Frances Darcy
Frances Darcy2 years ago

Gordon...hahaha..Seriously, though, even sitting you can still do some exercise, arms, legsetc., and especially, if possible , moving feet and ankles very often to prevent clots..wriggling your toes in great, if you can do it, for helping circulation in the legs.Do that as often as you remember, I was taught this when nurse training..we even had signs on the walls telling patients to "wriggle those toes" every time they read the sign.

Angelene B.
Angelene B.2 years ago

great info!

Ailsa Porter
Ailsa Porter2 years ago

6 out of 8!!

Akash Tolani
Akash Tolani2 years ago


Wim Zunnebeld
Wim Zunnebeld2 years ago


Aaron Bouchard
Aaron Bouchard2 years ago

Thank you

aj E.
aj E.2 years ago

wouldn't alcohol. tobacco, and diet be causes, not symptoms? symptoms are usually things you can't do anything about. these sound like choices.