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Learn about the organ we all love, including the risk factors for heart disease, the symptoms of a heart attack and how to keep it healthy.

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Heart Health Quiz

Which of the following is not a symptom of a heart attack?
a. Difficulty breathing
b. Pain/pressure in the chest that can spread to the arm
c. Nausea
d. None. All the above can be a sign of a heart attack.
Answer: d. Not everyone has the same symptoms when having a heart attack. In fact, women and those with diabetes are less likely to have the crushing chest pain most people think of when they picture a heart attack.
Answer: d. Not everyone has the same symptoms when having a heart attack. In fact, women and those with diabetes are less likely to have the crushing chest pain most people think of when they picture a heart attack.
What should you do if you suspect someone is having a heart attack?
a. Give them fluids
b. Call 911
c. Drive them quickly to the hospital, every second matters
d. Start chest compressions
Answer: b. According to the American Heart Association, calling 911 is almost always the fastest way to get help. Emergency medical staff can begin working on the patient as soon as they arrive. Chest compressions (CPR) should only be started if the patient is unconscious and a heart attack is suspected.
Answer: b. According to the American Heart Association, calling 911 is almost always the fastest way to get help. Emergency medical staff can begin working on the patient as soon as they arrive. Chest compressions (CPR) should only be started if the patient is unconscious and a heart attack is suspected.
The most recent research points to which of the follow as being more important for good health?
a. Low levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol
b. High levels of good (HDL) cholesterol
c. Total cholesterol of under 230mg/dL
d. All the above are important
Answer: a. It was once thought that “good” cholesterol played a vital role in keeping the heart healthy by helping to transport the “bad” fat out of our systems. But a series of new studies shows that boosting the good stuff does not lower heart disease risk. While HDL may still play some role, doctors now believe that it’s critical to lower the levels of LDL or “bad” cholesterol.
Answer: a. It was once thought that “good” cholesterol played a vital role in keeping the heart healthy by helping to transport the “bad” fat out of our systems. But a series of new studies shows that boosting the good stuff does not lower heart disease risk. While HDL may still play some role, doctors now believe that it’s critical to lower the levels of LDL or “bad” cholesterol.
Which of the following is not true about the hearts of men and women?
a. Women have smaller hearts than men
b. Women’s hearts beat faster
c. Women are less likely to die of heart disease
d. Both men and women’s hearts have four chambers
Answer: c. heart disease is the number one killer of women, more deadly than all forms of cancer, combined.
Answer: c. heart disease is the number one killer of women, more deadly than all forms of cancer, combined.
Which of the following is true about women and heart attacks?
a. Women typically don’t develop crushing chest pain
b. Women are more likely to have symptoms like nausea or heartburn
c. Women are less likely to take their symptoms seriously
d. All of the above
Answer: d. Women frequently have different symptoms of a heart attack than men. Even though heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S., many women chalk their symptoms up to things like a cold, heartburn or other less serious conditions.
Answer: d. Women frequently have different symptoms of a heart attack than men. Even though heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S., many women chalk their symptoms up to things like a cold, heartburn or other less serious conditions.
That thump-thump beat of the heart is actually:
a. The lungs rubbing against the rib cage
b. The sound of your heart valves opening and closing
c. The diaphragm moving in and out
d. The stethoscope picking up the sound of the blood flowing through veins
Answer: b. Four valves control the flow of blood in and around the heart. The thump-thump is the sound of the valves opening and closing.
Answer: b. Four valves control the flow of blood in and around the heart. The thump-thump is the sound of the valves opening and closing.
How long does it take for blood to circulate around the entire vascular system in an adult?
a. 10 seconds
b. Under 1 minute
c. Almost 5 minutes
d. About an hour
Answer: b. The cardiovascular system is made up of about 60,000 miles of veins, arteries and capillaries – it’s amazing that it takes under 1 minute for blood to circulate throughout the entire system!
Answer: b. The cardiovascular system is made up of about 60,000 miles of veins, arteries and capillaries – it’s amazing that it takes under 1 minute for blood to circulate throughout the entire system!
True or false: Meditation and yoga can lower the risk of heart disease.
a. True
b. False
Answer: True. Studies have shown that relaxation techniques like meditation and yoga can lower cholesterol levels and reduce blood pressure.
Answer: True. Studies have shown that relaxation techniques like meditation and yoga can lower cholesterol levels and reduce blood pressure.
The heart pumps how much blood in one day?
a. .2 gallons
b. 2 gallons
c. 200 gallons
d. 2000 gallons
Answer: d. The adult heart pumps about 1/3 cup of blood with each beat, or about 2000 gallons in a day.
Answer: d. The adult heart pumps about 1/3 cup of blood with each beat, or about 2000 gallons in a day.
When does a fetal heart begin to beat?
a. At 5 weeks pregnant
b. At 8 weeks pregnant
c. Within days for becoming pregnant
d. In the second trimester
Answer: a. The heart of a fetus begins to beat around the fifth week, although chances are, you won’t be able to hear it with the help of a special listening device until the 9th or 10th week of pregnancy.
Answer: a. The heart of a fetus begins to beat around the fifth week, although chances are, you won’t be able to hear it with the help of a special listening device until the 9th or 10th week of pregnancy.
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