February is Heart Month in the United States. Every year since 1963, the month of February has become a time when medical practitioners and health organizations promote awareness of heart disease and stroke, and encourage those at risk to take proactive measures to guard their heart health.
It is a wonderful time to commit to a healthy lifestyle, and to resolve to make small changes that can yield big benefits to your health and well-being.
Are you in the know when it comes to heart disease? Take our short 5 question quiz to find out!
Heart Disease Trivia
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Question 1 of 5
All over the world, heart disease is a serious medical issue. According to the World Health Organization, in 2016 about 17.9 million people around the globe died from some form of cardiovascular (or heart) disease.
In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death for:Correct
C. Both men and womenIncorrect
C. Both men and women
Question 2 of 5
Even though everyone is at risk for heart disease, there are several risk factors which can increase the likelihood of a person suffering from this medical condition.
Which of the following is not a risk factor for heart disease?Correct
D. Moderate alcohol consumptionIncorrect
D. Moderate alcohol consumption
Question 3 of 5
Coronary heart disease (CHD), also known as coronary artery disease (CAD), is typically what people refer to when they use the phrase “heart disease.” When someone suffers from CHD, the pathways to the heart are narrowed, or completely blocked, due to a buildup of obstructive material in the arteries, or “tubes” that conduct blood to and from the heart.
The combination of cholesterol and fatty material that builds up inside the heart’s arteries is called…Correct
Question 4 of 5
Heart attacks occur when blood flow to the heart is suddenly cut off. Without treatment, a heart attack could cause part of the heart to die, and it could prove fatal to the victim. There are many possible symptoms of a heart attack, including: a feeling of pressure or tightness in the chest; pain or discomfort in the upper body; a feeling of nausea (wanting to throw up); difficulty breathing; feeling dizzy; or breaking out in a cold sweat.
True or false: signs of a heart attack always come on suddenly.Correct
Question 5 of 5
There are several proactive measures you can take to reduce your risk of heart disease. Forming and maintaining healthy habits is one of the most important preventative steps you can take. A healthy lifestyle would include a nutritious diet, regular exercise, sufficient sleep, no smoking, moderate (or no) consumption of alcohol, and effective stress relief practices.
It is also recommended to keep a good record of your family’s medical history, so that predictors of heart disease can be identified early on. It is important to regularly check your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Many high-risk seniors have also found that certain medications, called statins, can reduce their chances of suffering from a heart attack or a stroke.
True or false: taking an aspirin every day may lower your risk of suffering a heart attack.Correct
True, but it is important to seek your doctor’s advice before doing soIncorrect
True, but it is important to seek your doctor’s advice before doing so
Heart disease can be a silent killer, often catching a person completely unaware. That’s why it’s so important to not only live healthy, but to stay vigilant when it comes to any indications that you or a loved one may be suffering from heart disease. To ensure peace of mind for you and your family, schedule an appointment with a Family Medicine provider today: call 715-531-6800.