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Test Your Savvy on … Heart Attacks

Determine if the following statements are true or false. The correct answers appear below.

1. A heart attack occurs when the flow of oxygen-rich blood becomes blocked from a section of the heart.

2. One symptom of a heart attack is pain or a feeling of squeezing or fullness in the center or left side of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.

3. Being a smoker is a risk factor for a heart attack.

4. If you think you might be having a heart attack, wait a half hour to see if symptoms improve.



1. True. This is often the result of plaque buildup inside your coronary arteries.

2. True. Other symptoms include: pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, or upper part of the stomach; shortness of breath; cold sweat; unusual tiredness (especially for women); nausea, vomiting; light-headedness; or sudden dizziness.

3. True. Other risk factors include having high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes; being obese; eating an unhealthy diet; and living a sedentary lifestyle. Women older than 55 and men older than 45 are more vulnerable, too.

4. False. Act fast at the first sign of heart attack symptoms by calling 911. Do not ignore symptoms.


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