Heart Attack Quiz
How much do you know about heart attacks? Would you recognize the symptoms? Take this quiz to find out.
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Most heart attacks come on suddenly.


 
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Although some heart attacks are intense and happen quickly, most heart attacks start slowly with mild pain and discomfort.

 
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Although some heart attacks are intense and happen quickly, most heart attacks start slowly with mild pain and discomfort.

 
What is the most common symptom of a heart attack in both men and women?


 
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The most common symptom of a heart attack is discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for a few minutes, or discomfort that goes away and comes back. This pressure is not always severe and can feel like squeezing, fullness or pain.

 
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The most common symptom of a heart attack is discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for a few minutes or discomfort that goes away and comes back. This pressure is not always severe and can feel like squeezing, fullness or pain.

 
Where can you feel pain or discomfort during a heart attack?


 
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You can experience pain or discomfort in many parts of your body during a heart attack, including one or both arms, your jaw, neck, shoulder and upper back.

 
You can feel pain or discomfort in many parts of your body when you’re having a heart attack, but your ear isn’t one of them. Pain from a heart attack can occur in one or both arms, your jaw, neck, shoulder and upper back.

 
Which one of these can be an early sign of a heart attack?


 
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Dizziness and weakness can be an early sign of a heart attack.

 
Incorrect.
Dizziness and weakness can be an early indication of a heart attack, but a headache isn’t.

 
Which one of these can be an early sign of a heart attack?


 
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Nausea and sweating can be an early indication of an early heart attack.

 
Incorrect.
Nausea and sweating can be an early indication of a heart attack, but heart palpitations are not.

 
Which one of these can be an early sign of a heart attack?


 
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Anxiety can be an early warning sign of a heart attack.

 
Incorrect.
Anxiety can be an early warning sign of a heart attack, but a dry mouth isn’t.

 
Women’s heart attack symptoms are more subtle than the crushing chest pain often associated with men’s heart attacks. Which of these symptoms are women more likely to experience when having a heart attack?


 
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Women’s heart attack symptoms can be different and less obvious than those of men. For instance, extreme fatigue in the days or weeks prior to a heart attack can be a warning sign for women. And lightheadedness and shortness of breath are also more common in women who have heart attacks. Many women show up in emergency rooms after heart damage has already occurred because their symptoms are not those typically associated with a heart attack.

 
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Joint pain is not a symptom of a heart attack, but fatigue, lightheadedness and shortness of breath are all early warning signs. Women’s heart attack symptoms can be different and less obvious than those of men. For instance, extreme fatigue in the days or weeks prior to a heart attack can be a warning sign for women. Don’t dismiss unusual fatigue or tiredness that’s out of the ordinary as being normal.

 
What should you do if you think you’re having a heart attack?


 
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Calling 9-1-1 instead of driving yourself or a loved one to a nearby emergency room can mean the difference between life and death. Emergency medical services staff can begin treatment as soon as they arrive — up to an hour sooner than going to the hospital by car.

 
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Don't drive yourself to the emergency room or ask someone to drive you there. Calling 9-1-1 instead can mean the difference between life and death. Emergency medical services (EMS) staff can begin treatment as soon as they arrive — up to an hour sooner than going to the hospital by car.

 
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Don’t take an aspirin and wait for it to relieve your pain. Aspirin won’t treat a heart attack by itself. Call 9-1-1. The 9-1-1 operator may recommend taking an aspirin after making sure you don’t have an allergy or condition that makes using aspirin too risky.

 
The longer you delay getting treatment for a heart attack, the more damage can occur to your heart.


 
Correct!
Quick treatment limits damage to the brain and heart and increases the chance of a full recovery.

 
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Quick treatment limits damage to the brain and heart and increases the chance of a full recovery.

 
Men are more likely to delay calling an ambulance when they’re having a heart attack than women.


 
Incorrect.
Women are more likely to wait to call an ambulance when they’re having a heart attack. They often hesitate for fear of embarrassment or causing an inconvenience to their family.

 
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Women are more likely to wait to call an ambulance when they’re having a heart attack. They often hesitate for fear of embarrassment or causing an inconvenience to their family.

 
Can stress cause a heart attack?

     
 
Trick question — the answer is unclear.
More research is needed to determine how stress impacts heart disease and, more specifically, heart attacks. But chronic stress can definitely contribute to high blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease such as high cholesterol levels and smoking. Protect your heart by learning more about stress and how to better manage it.

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