1. The first indication that you have heart disease can be an actual heart attack.
True: The symptoms of heart disease can be easy to ignore so many people don’t realize they have it until they have a heart attack.
2. Who is more likely to experience the symptom of angina (chest pain), men or women?
Men: Men with heart disease are more likely to experience chest pain than women. The pain can be felt under the breastbone, in the jaw or neck and/or in the left shoulder and arm.
3. Pain in the upper abdominal area can be a sign of a heart attack, especially in women.
True: Women often experience heart attack symptoms differently, they are more likely than men to feel angina (chest pain) in the back, and experience pain in the upper abdominal area, too. Sudden, unusual pain should never be dismissed, especially if accompanied by other symptoms of heart attack, such as fatigue, chest pain and/or dizziness
4. What percentage of women experience chest pain during a heart attack?
5. People only experience symptoms of a heart attack as its happening.
False: 80% of women felt at least one of the following symptoms for a month or longer before they even had a heart attack: Pain (in the chest, arms, neck, jaw, back, or upper abdomen), fatigue, heartburn/indigestion, shortness of breath, anxiousness, sweating, and/or dizziness. These symptoms should never be ignored. If acted on soon enough, heart attacks can be prevented.
6. Men tend to develop heart disease 10 years later than women.
False: Heart disease develops at around age 45 for men and 55 and older for women.
7. What is the most common heart disease symptom in men?
Chest pain: This is the most common symptom, as are feelings of fullness, pressure or burning in the chest.
8. When should you call 911?
A and B