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Heart Smart Quiz—12
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If you want to be heart healthy, you have to be heart-smart. Test your knowledge by answering true or false to the following statements. Then check the answers below to see how well you did.

A nuclear heart scan can detect heart muscle damage and reveal how your blood is flowing.

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After two or three years of not smoking, your risk of coronary heart disease will be as low as the risk of a person who never smoked.

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If you’ve been diagnosed with heart failure, you can’t do anything to improve your quality of life.

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Daily use of aspirin benefits everyone.

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Answers

  1. True. Not only can the scan detect heart muscle damage but it’s able to show if one part of the heart isn’t recieving blood—a sign of possible narrowing or blockage in the coronary arteries. It can also tell your doctor how well your heart pumps blood out to your body.
  2. True. Nicotine causes your body to release adrenaline, causing blood vessels to constrict, your heart to beat faster and your blood pressure to rise. If you currently smoke, talk to your doctor about which smoking-cessation aids may help you kick the habit.
  3. False. Early Diagnosis and treatment with medicine can help. You can also limit your salt intake, exercise daily (as recommended by your healthcare provider) and incorporate techniques to deal with depression and stress into your everyday life.
  4. False. While a daily aspirin regimen has been shown to lower the risk or heart attacks, clot-related strokes and other blood-flow problems, if you don’t have signs of or risk factors for heart or blood vessel disease, you may be doing more harm than good. The risks of long-term aspirin use include stomach and brain bleeding, kidney failure and specific kinds of strokes.