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Painful calves? Thinning hair? These symptoms may signal a serious problem. Take our quiz and see what these signs may mean.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which of these symptoms may signal a possible heart attack in women?

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The correct answer is: Women may experience a feeling of anxiety or impending doom as a symptom of a pending heart attack.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Yikes! The room won't stop spinning. Why am I so dizzy?

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The correct answer is: Any of the above. Dizziness or vertigo can be a symptom of a viral infection, inner ear inflammation or fluid build-up in the inner ear. It can also be something called benign positional vertigo, a condition in which tiny calcium crystals form in the inner ear canals.

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Depression can sometimes be a symptom of what other condition?

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The correct answer is: Hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, may cause symptoms such as unexplained weight gain or depression.

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True or false: Green stool is a sign that your body is no longer processing food correctly, and you should seek immediate attention.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Green stool can be the result of eating lots of green vegetables or taking iron or certain medications.

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True or false: Black stool is likely a sign of bleeding in the stomach.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Though scary, black stool is not always a sign of intestinal bleeding. Black or dull red stool is often the result of food or meds. A person may see black after having black licorice, blueberries or iron pills, while red stool may be the result of beets or tomatoes. However, you should call your doctor if you see tarry black stool, which can be a sign of bleeding in the upper intestines or even the stomach.

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Hot flashes, dry skin and mood swings can be symptoms of which condition?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Hot flashes, dry skin, and mood swings are not only symptoms of menopause. These symptoms can also be signs of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

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Having heavy periods may be a sign of which condition?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Heavy periods may be a symptom of endometriosis, pelvic infection, liver or kidney problems, pelvic inflammatory disease or uterine polyps. The good news: Most of these conditions are not serious.

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Sores that take a prolonged amount of time to heal may indicate which disease?

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The correct answer is: Skin sores that take longer than normal to heal may be a sign of undiagnosed diabetes.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Frequent throat-clearing usually means you have a frog in your throat. But sometimes it can be a sign of...

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The correct answer is: Frequently having to clear your throat can mean you have irritated mucus membranes, a sign of asthma.

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True or false: Having your gums bleed when you brush your teeth could be a sign of gum disease.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Bleeding gums could mean you're brushing too hard, but it could be a sign of gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can destroy bone and tissue and may result in tooth loss.

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Feeling full or bloated very quickly during a meal could be a sign of what kind of cancer?

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The correct answer is: Feeling very full quickly during a meal can be an important, early warning sign of ovarian cancer.

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Painful or swollen calves can be a sign of what condition?

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The correct answer is: Painful, swollen calves can be a sign of a serious condition called deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. In almost half of all cases, though, DVT does not cause any symptoms.

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Frequent heartburn can be a symptom of which condition?

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The correct answer is: Frequent heartburn may be the result of a hiatal hernia, a condition that occurs when the upper stomach pushes through the diaphragm and reaches into the chest cavity. Hiatal hernia can usually be controlled with diet and medication.

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True or false: Restless leg syndrome may be a sign of iron-deficiency anemia.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Restless leg syndrome is sometimes associated with iron deficiency anemia, as well as other conditions including kidney disease, attention deficit disorder (ADD), rheumatoid arthritis and nerve damage due to diabetes or other conditions.

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Craving chocolate can signal a deficiency in which nutrient?

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The correct answer is: If you have off-and-on chocolate cravings, you may be missing out on magnesium, a mineral found in halibut, spinach, almonds, whole grains and many kinds of beans. Aim for 320 milligrams a day.

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True or false: Blurry vision is always a sign you need new glasses.

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The correct answer is: This is false. If you notice that things are looking fuzzy, consider getting checked for diabetes. Excess glucose in the bloodstream travels to the eyes and produces a sugar called sorbitol that obstructs your vision.

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Bad breath can be your body's way of saying what?

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The correct answer is: Any of the above. Bad breath can sometimes be the result of hunger, GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disorder), or ketosis, a condition in which your body begins to burn fat instead of carbohydrates for fuel.

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Which of these can cause thinning hair?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Stress, dietary deficiencies and thyroid problems (especially in women over 50) can all cause thinning hair. There could be more serious problems, too, so see a doctor to get to the well, root of it.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Being tall increases a woman's risk of what condition?

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The correct answer is: It's not clear why, but research suggests that a woman's risk of ovarian cancer increases with every 5 centimeters in height.

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True or false: Having a big belly can mean you're at a higher risk for dementia.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Along with raising your chances of arthritis, migraines, heart disease and several kinds of cancer, having too much belly fat can increase your risk of dementia by as much as 80 percent.

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