During a heart attack, your pulse will feel?
a. Faster than normal
b. Slower than normal
c. Faster or slower, depending on the situation
Answer: c — Heart attacks happen when blood flow to the heart is partially blocked, typically by a blood clot. Where the blockage occurs determines the type of heart attack and the symptoms you will experience.
Which heart attack symptom is more common among women than men?
a. Chest pain
b. Jaw pain
c. Arm pain
Answer: b — As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. Chest pressure doesn’t always accompany heart attacks in women; instead, symptoms can mimic the flu or stress.
Which fat-rich food actually boosts heart health?
b. Whole milk
c. Ground beef
Answer: a — The avocado contains monounsaturated fats that can cut bad cholesterol and reduce your heart disease risk. Instead of whole milk, reach for skim or fat-free versions, and trade red meat for lean proteins like ground turkey, fish or skinless chicken.
How much sleep should you get each night to prevent heart problems?
a. 5-6 hours
b. 6-8 hours
c. 9-10 hours
Answer: b — While sleep needs vary from person to person, research shows that six to eight hours a day is ideal for heart health — and for overall health. Studies have linked poor sleep to high blood pressure, obesity, irregular heartbeat, stress and other issues.
If you experience common heart attack symptoms, you should?
a. Drive yourself to the emergency room.
b. Ask someone else to drive you to the emergency room.
c. Call 9-1-1 and follow the operator’s instructions.
Answer: c — If you suspect you’re having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number immediately. An emergency responder can talk you through the next steps or send paramedics to administer immediate care. And, don’t wait to see if your symptoms improve — prompt treatment can save your life.
› Face Drooping Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
› Arm Weakness Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift
› Speech Difficulty Is speech slurred, is he or she unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the
person to repeat a simple sentence, like: “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
Time to call 9-1-1 If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call
9-1-1 and get him or her to the hospital immediately.
The American Heart Association tracks women’s heart health statistics. How does your state rate?
› Each day in Iowa, an average of 12 women die from heart disease and stroke. That accounts for 31.4
percent of all female deaths in the state, and makes heart disease the leading cause of death.
› In South Dakota, nearly three women die from heart disease and stroke daily. Heart disease is the leading
killer there, accounting for 32.6 percent of all female deaths in the state.
Find answers to all your questions about heart disease at Heart.org.