The heart is the hardest working muscle in the body, beating 100,000 times per day and pumping more than 2,500 gallons of blood. It is the engine that keeps us running. But heart disease is also the leading cause of death for both men and women, resulting in more deaths than even cancer. Daily choices like what we eat, how much we exercise, and if we take the right medication can have a big impact on our risk of heart disease, the No. 1 cause of death for men and women in the world.
Nearly 80 percent of all cardiac events could be prevented with lifestyle changes and medication therapy, which is why it’s essential to make the best choices when it comes to our heart. So, in honor of American Heart Month 2021, we’ve created a short quiz that can help pump up our heart health IQ.
Preempting heart problems
At UT Southwestern, we encourage our patients to take a proactive role in lowering their risk for cardiovascular disease and heading off a potential heart attack or stroke.
Our Preventive Cardiology Program gives patients access to a range of experts – from cardiologists and nurses to a nutritionist and an exercise physiologist – all of whom work together to use the most advanced screening technologies and health management tools to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and related complications.