Doctors create quick simple quiz to help others identify heart attack risk factors

Doctors create quick simple quiz to help others identify heart attack risk factors
Diagram showing someone's overall risk from having a heart attack or stroke.

(KAIT/NBC) - One website offered a short and simple quiz to help identify risk factors for a heart attack.

A few questions on MD-VIP include identifying foods with high cholesterol, and others clarifies exactly what causes a heart attack. Doctors said a major contributor to the health problem is a lack of education on the topic.

"The hearts a motor, and when that motor is hurt it's hard to make that motor work really hard," cardiologist Jonathan Aliota said.

He said patients don't recognize inconspicuous signs of a heart attack. If it doesn't feel like an elephant sitting on their chest, they might ignore it, according to Dr. Aliota.

This is especially true for women, according to MD-VIP. A small 26% of women are aware that females have a lower chance of surviving a first heart attack compared to males.

"Women have more atypical features when they have a heart attack,” Dr. Aliota said. “I think people read this and they start to worry when they have left arm pain, which is a traditional sign or left hand tingling. However, what we always encourage people to think about is we want to look for symptoms that happened with activity. So symptoms that occur when you're walking upstairs or walking to the grocery store or exercising.”

Experts said less-intense activities that a person probably used to do just fine and suddenly has problems with are the ones they should speak with their doctor about.

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