Test Your Heart Smartsbeing there // on Tuesday February 14, 2017
Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you love this holiday or think it’s overrated, one thing is for certain: A healthy heart is worth celebrating.
Heart disease accounts for 1 in 7 deaths in the United States, according to the American Heart Association, and while some risk factors are hereditary (age, gender and family history), many are preventable (physical inactivity, poor diet and smoking, to name a few).
Take heart: The more you know about cardiovascular health, the more likely you will be to make heart-smart lifestyle choices. See how much you already know about heart health – and heart disease prevention – by taking this quiz.
1. True or False: Heart disease is second to cancer when it comes to leading causes of death in the United States.
2. How often do Americans suffer heart attacks and strokes?
A. About every 40 seconds
B. About every hour
C. About every two hours
3. True or False: Diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease.
4. True or False: Most heart attacks are sudden and intense.
5. If you experience heart attack-like symptoms, like chest discomfort or shortness of breath, what should you do?
A. Lie down and wait to see if the symptoms subside
B. Google your symptoms
C. Call 9-1-1
6. Which of the following food packaging/menu labels indicates a heart-healthy food?
A. Heart-Smart mark
B. Heart-Check mark
C. Heart-Health mark
7. How much moderate-intensity physical activity, on a weekly basis, is recommended for a healthy heart?
A. 1.5 hours
B. 2 hours
C. 2.5 hours
D. 4 hours
8. Lowering your “bad” cholesterol level is key to a healthy heart. Which type of cholesterol is known as the “bad” kind?
1. B – False. Heart disease (including coronary heart disease, hypertension and stroke) remains to be the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. 2. A – Approximately every 40 seconds. Someone in the U.S. has a stroke or heart attack about once every 40 seconds. 3. A – True. The American Heart Association considers diabetes to be one of the seven major controllable risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease than adults without diabetes. 4. B – False. Although some heart attacks are sudden and intense, most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. 5. C – Call 9-1-1. Heart attack and stroke are life-and-death emergencies — every second counts. If you see or have any of the symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number. 6. B – Heart-Check mark. Look for the American Heart Association name along with the organization’s familiar red heart with a white check mark on the package or menu. 7. B – 2.5 hours. To improve overall cardiovascular health, the American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise. 8. C – LDL. LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol is considered the “bad” cholesterol because it contributes to plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can clog arteries and make them less flexible.