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Stress and Heart Health Quiz
by Staff
In small quantities, stress is natural and can even spur our bodies to keep us safe from harm's way. But long-term stress can damage the body, especially the heart. How much do you know about stress and its effects on this cardiac organ?

Can stress alone cause heart disease?

  • yes
  • no
  • Researchers don't know yet

Angina is:

  • another term for a heart attack
  • chest pain that results from heart muscle not receiving enough oxygen
  • a term used to describe heart palpitations

Stress can contribute to which of the following?

  • high blood pressure
  • heart disease
  • Both are correct

Which group of "fight or flight" hormones is released as a response to stress?

  • catecholamines
  • glucagons
  • prolactins

Which of the following is NOT a physical symptom of stress?

  • a racing heart
  • a sluggish heart rate
  • chest pain

According to the American Institute of Stress, people with which type of behavior are more at risk for a heart attack?

  • Type A coronary behavior
  • Type B coronary behavior
  • Type C coronary behavior

Stress can cause:

  • just heart attacks
  • heart failure, heart attacks, sudden cardiac death and arrhythmias
  • none of the above

Is there a relationship between stress at work and heart disease?

  • yes
  • no
  • maybe, but researchers haven't been able to prove it yet

Why is long-term (chronic) stress more harmful than short-term (acute) stress?

  • Chronic stress changes how your brain translates hormones
  • Chronic stress disrupts the systems your body uses to handle short-term stress, which can be harmful to the body
  • Chronic and acute stress harm your body in equal measure

In addition to maintaining a healthy body, what can you do to lower your stress levels and chances of developing heart disease?

  • Take medications that reduce stress
  • Ignore the stress until the weekend
  • Do whatever makes you feel relaxed -- whether it's exercise, meditation, doing yoga, talking to others about problems or writing in a journal