Heart Disease FAQs
Reviewed by William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
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Q:In the U.S., 1 in every 4 deaths is caused by heart disease. True or false?
Q:What is meant by the term myocardial infarction?
A:The medical term for heart attack is myocardial infarction.
Q:What does sudden cardiac arrest mean for the heart?
A:When the heart suddenly stops beating, it is referred to as a sudden cardiac arrest.
Q:What are symptoms of a heart attack?
A:The many symptoms of a heart attack include fatigue, weakness, shortness of breath, dizziness, palpitations, chest discomfort and/or pain, chest heaviness, nausea, vomiting, and pain that radiates to the jaw, arm, or throat.
Q:Heart disease is the leading cause of death of American women. True or false?
Q:What are risk factors for heart disease?
A:There are many risks for heart disease.
Q:In the heart, a clogged artery causes a heart attack. What does a clogged brain artery cause?
Q:When heart trouble is sensed, who waits at least two hours before help is called: Men or women?
A:Both men and women.
Q:The term "heart failure" means the heart has stopped working. True or false?
Q:People can be born with heart disease. True or false?
Q:Has heart disease ever been responsible for half of the deaths in America?
Q:The most common type of heart disease in the U.S. is?
A:Coronary artery disease.
Q:What is the medical term for chest pain?
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