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Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S. Find out how to prevent heart disease and more with this quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: Taking aspirin every day may help prevent heart disease.

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The correct answer is: True. To help prevent a heart attack, check with your doctor about taking two baby aspirin (81 mg each) before bed. You'll wake up with thinner blood that flows more easily to help prevent blockages in your arteries.

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True or false: About 50 million adult Americans have blood pressure above the American Heart Association's danger zone of 140/90 mm Hg (millimeters of mercury).

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The correct answer is: True. About a quarter of all adult Americans have dangerously high blood pressure. The risk increases with age: Americans have a lifetime risk of 90 percent, meaning that if you live long enough, you most likely will develop hypertension. Keep on top of your blood pressure numbers and help prevent high blood pressure with regular blood pressure tests.

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Which of these puts you at risk for heart attack?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Being overweight, not getting regular exercise and having diabetes all increase a woman's chance for developing high blood pressure, which can lead to a heart attack.

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What's considered an ideal blood pressure reading?

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The correct answer is: Traditionally, normal blood pressure was considered anything less than 120/80, but the latest findings show that an ideal blood pressure is closer to 90/60. In most cases, high blood pressure is not treated with medications until it is consistently about 140/90. Have regular blood pressure tests to track how you're doing.

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How much exercise should you get each day to help lower your risk for heart disease?

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The correct answer is: Exercise is a great way to lower your blood pressure and ward off potential heart disease. Aim to get at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Don't worry if you can't squeeze in a 30-minute block every day. Three 10-minute blocks of exercise are just as beneficial to your heart and your waistline.

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True or false: Chronic anger and depression can increase your risk of dying from a heart attack.

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The correct answer is: True. Strong emotions are strongly linked with an increased risk for coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac death. Studies show that the more depressed you feel, the greater your risk of developing coronary heart disease and having a heart attack. If you find yourself struggling with your emotions, talk to your doctor about possible treatments.

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Can eating fruit lower your risk of heart disease?

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The correct answer is: French researchers found that the risk of heart problems drops as fruit intake increases. Baby steps count: Each extra (half cup) serving of fruit you eat per day reduces your risk of heart disease by 7 percent.

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True or false: Taking care of your teeth can improve your heart health.

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The correct answer is: True. The link isn't clear, but research suggests that people who have gum disease are twice as likely to have coronary artery disease as people without gum disease. Keep your gums and your heart healthy by brushing and flossing at least twice a day and having a dental check-up every six months.

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True or false: While smoking increases the risk of lung cancer, it has no effect on heart disease.

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The correct answer is: False. Smoking triples the risk of dying from heart disease for middle-aged men and women.

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True or false: Chocolate can lower your blood pressure.

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The correct answer is: True. Daily consumption of a small amount of dark chocolate might lower blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers have yet to know why, but they believe it is related to the presence of flavonoids, organic compounds found in higher concentrations in dark chocolate than in milk chocolate.

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True or false: If you don't have a family history of high blood pressure or heart disease, you don't need blood pressure tests.

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The correct answer is: False. Everyone should have their blood pressure checked at least once every two years. If you have a personal or family history of high blood pressure of heart disease or any other risk factors (such as being overweight, having diabetes or having high cholesterol), your doctor may recommend more frequent blood pressure tests.

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True or false: A woman's risk for heart disease increases as she nears menopause.

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The correct answer is: True. Just prior to menopause, testosterone levels in a woman increase as estrogen levels decrease. The additional testosterone puts a woman at greater risk for developing heart disease. In addition, a woman's LDL, or "bad" cholesterol can rise as much as ten percent in the years before and after menopause begins. This combination increases a woman's risk for heart disease, as well as hypertension.

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Which one of the following is a sign of heart attack in women?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Indigestion, neck pain and anxiety are all symptoms of heart attack in women. However, they aren't the only ones. In addition to traditional symptoms and signs such as chest pain, trouble breathing and a pounding heart, women often experience symptoms not often seen in men, such as trouble sleeping, sweating, and nausea.

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Which of these foods is a source of saturated fat, a type of fat that raises cholesterol levels which can lead to heart disease?

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The correct answer is: Red meat can be a significant source of saturated fat. In fact, women who eat large amounts of red meat more than once a week have a 50 percent higher chance of dying from heart disease. Eat leaner cuts whenever possible to reduce your intake of saturated fat.

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True or false: Having a glass of red wine each night lowers your risk of heart disease.

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The correct answer is: True. Modest alcohol consumption has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, especially coronary artery disease and abnormalities of the blood vessels. The American Heart Association recommends the equivalent of one 4-ounce glass of wine for women and two glasses for men daily.

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True or false: Having excess fat can increase the risk for coronary heart disease in women.

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The correct answer is: True. Excess fat is a risk for coronary heart disease. It also matters where the fat is: Women with increased abdominal fat tend to be at a higher risk for heart disease compared to women with hip and thigh fat.

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True or false: Getting too much sleep may cause heart disease.

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The correct answer is: True. In a 10-year study performed by Harvard University, women who slept more than nine hours per night were about 37 percent more likely to experience heart disease. Women who got too little sleep (less than five hours each night) had a greater risk of developing heart disease, too.

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The American Heart Association recommends that people with high blood pressure eat no more than how many milligrams of sodium each day?

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The correct answer is: The American Heart Association recommends consuming less than 1,500 mg of sodium each day if you have a history of hypertension or high blood pressure.

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Fish are a good source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. How often should you eat fish?

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The correct answer is: Eat fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna and anchovies, at least twice a week. These fish and others are a great source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

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True of false: Once you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, you will have to take medicines to control it for the rest of your life.

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The correct answer is: False. Through diet and exercise, you may regain control over your blood pressure. Talk to your doctor about lifestyle changes that can help you lower your blood pressure, and never stop taking blood pressure medicine on your own. Maintain regular blood pressure tests to monitor your progress.

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Treat your heart right by eating healthy, staying active and managing your stress. Although some heart conditions are heredity, you can reduce your risk by keeping your cholesterol and blood pressure at healthy levels, avoiding to...

bacco products and losing some pounds if you are obese or overweight. A diet high in fiber, veggies and fruits is essential for a healthy heart. Vitamins and supplements, such as fish oil, may help reduce your cholesterol, which if too high can cause blockage in your arteries and lead to a heart attack. If you arteries are blocked, you may need a stent or cardiac angioplasty device to open your blood vessels, which can help prevent a heart attack. Because heart disease is the number one killer of adults in the U.S., taking care of your heart is essential for a long life. If you have a family history of heart disease, it is especially important for you to manage your hearts health.
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