Heart Disease — How Much Do You Know?
Heart disease is the nation’s leading cause of death. But 80 percent
of heart attacks and strokes can be prevented and treated.
It’s a matter of learning your risk factors and taking action
to control them. What you know, you can control.

Take this quiz to see how much you
know about heart disease.
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Age is one of the risk factors for heart disease. At what age does a man’s chance of developing heart disease increase?


 
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A man’s chance of developing heart disease increases at age 45. But even young men should take steps to protect their heart health because risk factors can start at an early age. And no matter how old you are, it’s never too late to start making changes to improve your heart health.

 
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But even young men should take steps to protect their heart health because risk factors can start at an early age. And no matter how old you are, it’s never too late to start making changes to improve your heart health.

 
At what age does a woman’s chance of developing heart disease increase?


 
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A woman’s chance of developing heart disease increases at age 55. Taking steps to protect your heart health is especially important if you’re 40 to 60. No matter what your age, now’s the time to improve your heart health.

 
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But even young women should take steps to protect your heart health because risk factors can start at an early age. No matter what your age, now’s the time to improve your heart health.

 
A family history of early heart disease is another risk factor for developing heart disease. Did your father or brother have a heart attack before the age of 45?

     
 
Good for you!
That means there’s no history of early heart disease on your father’s side of the family.

 
With a family history of early heart disease on your father’s side, you need to pay special attention to your heart health.

 
Did your mother or sister have a heart attack before age 55?

     
 
Good for you!
That means there’s no history of early heart disease on your mother’s side of the family.

 
With a family history of early heart disease on your mother’s side, you need to pay special attention to your heart health.

 
What are some of the other risk factors for heart disease?


 
Correct!
You’re really in the know about heart disease!

 
Incorrect.
A family history of cancer is not a risk factor for heart disease.
And while yo-yo dieting is not healthy, it's not a risk factor
for heart disease.

High blood pressure, diabetes or prediabetes, and smoking
are all risk factors for heart disease.

 
African-American women and Hispanic women are more likely to develop heart disease than Caucasian women.


 
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African-American and Hispanic women have higher heart disease and stroke risk factors than white women. They need to pay special attention to their heart health.

 
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African-American and Hispanic women have higher heart disease and stroke risk factors than white women. They need to pay special attention to their heart health.

 
Can sleep apnea (a disorder that disrupts your breathing during sleep) contribute to heart disease?

     
 
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Sleep apnea can be a risk factor for heart disease. It makes the heart work harder and may increase a person’s risk for irregular heart rhythms such as atrial fibrillation.

 
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Sleep apnea can be a risk factor for heart disease. It makes the heart work harder and may increase a person’s risk for irregular heart rhythms such as atrial fibrillation.

 
How often should you have your cholesterol checked?


 
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And you should get your cholesterol checked more often if your total cholesterol is greater than 200, if your HDL is less than 50 or if you have other risk factors for heart disease.

 
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Health professionals recommend getting your cholesterol checked every five years starting at age 20. Get it checked more often if your total cholesterol is greater than 200 or your HDL is less than 50 or if you have other risk factors for heart disease.

 
How often should you have your blood sugar (glucose) checked to screen for diabetes?


 
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Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes and usually develops in adulthood. The risk rises after age 45.

 
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Health professionals recommend getting your blood sugar checked to screen for diabetes every three years starting at age 45. Get it checked more often if you are overweight or obese and you do not exercise most days of the week since your risk for diabetes is greater.

 
What is the ideal blood pressure reading?


 
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High blood pressure not only increases your risk for heart disease, it’s also the most important risk factor for stroke.

 
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Health professionals recommend a blood pressure reading below 120/80. High blood pressure not only increases your risk for heart disease, it’s also the most important risk factor for stroke.

 
Losing even a few pounds can lower your risk of heart disease.


 
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The more overweight you are, the greater your risk for heart disease. But even losing a few pounds—just 5 to 10 percent of your current weight—will lower your risk of heart disease.

 
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The more overweight you are, the greater your risk for heart disease. But even losing a few pounds—just 5 to 10 percent of your current weight—will lower your risk of heart disease.

 
A woman’s waist size should be smaller than ___ inches to avoid being at risk for heart disease.


 
Correct!
It’s important to know your waist size. A measurement of more than 35 inches increases a woman’s risk of heart disease, as well as the risks of high blood pressure, diabetes and other serious health conditions.

 
Incorrect.
It’s important to know your waist size. A measurement of more than 35 inches increases a woman’s risk of heart disease, as well as the risks of high blood pressure, diabetes and other serious health conditions.

 
A man’s waist size should be smaller than ___ inches to avoid being at risk for heart disease.


 
Correct!
It’s important to know your waist size. A measurement of more than 40 inches increases a man’s risk of heart disease, as well as the risks of high blood pressure, diabetes and other serious health conditions.

 
Incorrect.
It’s important to know your waist size. A measurement of more than 40 inches increases a man’s risk of heart disease, as well as the risks of high blood pressure, diabetes and other serious health conditions.

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