When it comes to matters of the heart, the old saying is that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. But are men and women that different when it comes to the actual heart? Take our quiz to find out.
1. True or False: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.
2. True or False: Chest pain is the most common sign of a heart attack for men and women.
3. Which of these can also be a symptom of a heart attack in women?
a. Back pain
b. A lightheaded or dizzy feeling
c. Shortness of breath
d. All of the above
4. True or False: Men are more likely to have high blood pressure.
5. True or False: Women are more likely to have heart palpitations.
6. Which risk factor for heart disease is higher for women?
b. Poor diet
c. Family history
d. All of the above
7. Studies have shown that alcohol might be good for your heart. But don’t take it too far. if you’re a woman, it’s best to limit yourself to:
a. One glass a day
b. One glass a week
c. Two glasses a week
1. True. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that heart disease kills about one in four people in the U.S.
2. True. Chest discomfort or pain is the leading sign but women are more likely to have other, more subtle heart attack symptoms.
4. False. Men and women are equally at risk. Men have a greater risk of high blood pressure before age 45, but women have a higher likelihood after age 65.
5. True. The electrical activity of the heart is different in men and women.
6. A. Other risk factors that are higher for women include smoking, stress/depression and decreased estrogen levels after menopause.
7. A. Men should limit themselves to two glasses a day. Note that men older than 65 should go down to one glass a day, and that a glass serving is 5 oz. of wine, 12 oz. of beer or 1.5 oz. of spirits.
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.