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Heart Smart Quiz—13

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.

  1. True. Exercise helps increase flexibility, strength and endurance for all your muscles—including the heart. Aerobic exercise such as walking or bicycling three times a week can help reduce the heart’s size and improve its ability to pump blood.
    Remember: Always see your healthcare provider before beginning any exercise program.
  2. False. When physical limitations—including orthopedic conditions like arthritis, severe lung disease or cardiac disease—make exercise impossible for a traditional stress test, doctors may give an intravenous (IV) drug that makes the heart work harder. Called a pharmacological or chemical stress test, it may leave patients feeling jittery or cause temporary discomfort, but the side effects usually disappear shortly after.
  3. True. Children with a family history of heart disease should be screened for high cholesterol beginning at age 2, according to the American Heart Association. Moreover, children with a family history including hypertension—high blood pressure—should begin routine blood pressure measurements at age 4. Raising children with healthy lifestyle habits can lead to improved heart health later.
  4. True. Decongestants and most other over-the-counter cold and flu medicines may increase blood pressure and interfere with blood pressure medicine. They may even increase your risk for heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

1. People with heart failure need regular aerobic exercise.
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2. If you’re unable to walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bicycle, you can’t undergo a stress test.
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3. Children at high risk for atherosclerosis should begin cholesterol screenings at age 2.
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4. Decongestants can be dangerous for people with high blood pressure.
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