We are bombarded with an immense amount of information about heart disease, as it is the leading cause of death in the United States. And a lot of this information raises more questions. For instance, most of us know that aerobic activity can help reduce our risk of heart disease, but what about less intense forms of exercise like yoga? Doctors warn us about having too much salt. Can too much sodium really cause health problems? Fish is credited as being a heart-healthy food. Does this include tuna?

Take this quiz to gain heart-healthy tips that you can easily incorporate into your life.

 

How can practicing yoga twice a week help reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke?


A. Yoga promotes relaxation, which helps you manage stress, a risk factor for heart disease.
B. It can't; although yoga raises a heart rate during a session it is not high enough to be heart-healthy.
C. Yoga seems to help lower a protein associated with heart disease, arthritis, diabetes and osteoporosis.
D. Yoga seems to promote overall longevity; many hard-core yogis from India seem to live very long lives.
E. A & C

 

Why do doctors warn us to limit our sodium intake?


A. Sodium can increase your blood pressure, as well as raise your risk for heart disease and stroke.
B. Unseasoned food is healthy food.
C. Too much sodium can damage bones and potentially lead to osteoporosis.
D. Some researchers believe that too much sodium may be a cause of Crohn's disease.
E. A & C

 

Is canned tuna heart-healthy?


A. Yes, despite the levels of mercury it contains, it is heart-healthy
B. No, canned tuna is for my cat.
C. Yes, all fish are low in fat, high in protein and healthy for your heart.
D. A & C
E. None of the above

 

Which of the following can increase your risk of heart disease?


A. Using antiperspirants and/or deodorants
B. Persistent anemia
C. Eating very spicy foods
D. B & C
E. All of the above