Heart Disease Risk Quiz

Do you think you are at risk for heart disease? If so, answer 12 short questions to determine your risk for heart disease.

Are you over 65?

Over 80% of people who die of heart disease are over 65 years old but heart disease can affect men and women of all ages.

Are you African American, Mexican American, an American Indian, or native Hawaiian?

Heart disease risk is higher in these populations. This also could be contributed to higher than average diabetes and obesity rates.

Are you a smoker?

If you smoke, you are 2 to 4 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease than nonsmokers.

Do you have high cholesterol or a family history of high cholesterol?

Total Cholesterol should be under 200 mg/dL

LDL (Bad Cholesterol) should be 160 mg/dL

HDL (Good Cholesterol) should be higher than 40 mg/dL for men and higher than 50 mg/DL for women

Speak to your physician if you have high cholesterol to ensure you are taking the necessary steps to reduce your cholesterol and manage risk.

Do you lead a sedentary lifestyle?

Regular, moderate physical activity can help prevent heart disease.

Do either of your immediate parents have (or die from) heart disease?

Heart disease is hereditary so if a parent suffered from heart disease, you are also at a higher risk for developing heart disease.

Do you have high blood pressure?

High blood pressure makes the heart work harder to pump blood through the body. Normal blood pressure is usually considered 120/80 mm Hg. If you have high cholesterol, make sure you are working with your physician to ensure you are taking the necessary steps to lower it.

Are you a woman after menopause?

Women’s risk of dying from heart disease increases after menopause.

Do you drink more than one drink a day of alcohol?

A drink is defined as 4 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, 1.5 fluid ounces of 80-proof spirits or 1 fluid ounce of 100-proof spirit.

Does your diet include a significant amount of processed foods, fast foods, or fried foods?

A healthy diet is considered one filled with nutrient – rich foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole-grain and high fiber foods, fish, lean protein and fat free and low dairy products.

Do you live a stressful lifestyle?

Many people who live in stressful environments overeat or don’t eat healthy foods, or are more prone to smoking.

Are you a male?

Although men have a higher risk of a heart attack than women, more women die from heart disease than any other disease. So, women should pay close attention to their symptoms and risk factors as well.

Take the Next Step in Managing Your Risk

Thanks for taking the time to ensure your heart is in tip top shape! If you are not sure of many of the answers to these questions, we recommend you get a full physical examination by your physician.

If you answered yes to any of the above questions you have an elevated risk of heart disease.

If you answered yes to more than 3 of the questions above we recommend you get a full cardiac assessment with your cardiologist.

Please find the Emory Heart & Vascular Center closest to you and call for an appointment.