Are You at Risk for a Heart Attack?

By Gene Birk | 

BOWLING GREEN, KY (WBKO) -- Heart disease strikes someone in the U.S. every 34 seconds! And kills more people than all forms of cancer combined. More than 300,000 people in the United States died from a heart attack last year. That's nearly three times the population of Warren County.

How's your heart? This quiz may help you find out.

Here's question one.
You're just not feeling yourself today. Which one of the following sensations should send you rushing directly to the emergency room?
A -- a sudden strange desire to fill out insurance forms...
B -- an uncomfortable, squeezing pain in the middle of your chest...
C -- a long-tone ringing in either of your ears... or
D -- a tickling sensation on the bottoms of your feet.

The correct answer is "B."
Most heart attacks start slowly, usually with a slight discomfort, squeezing pain, or fullness in the center of your chest.
The pressure can last for minutes, and usually comes and goes.
If any of these symptoms comes, call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number.

There are five more questions in this quiz and you can find the link to them in this story on our web-channel
Please answer them so you can learn how to recognize a heart attack.

And be sure to watch WBKO at 10 Thursday night for my special report -- "Surviving a Heart Attack," a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how the Medical Center in Bowling Green constantly strives to cut its response time to save victims of heart failure, and how their ambulance service was recently honored.

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