Test your knowledge of the heart with this quick quiz
Vol.18, No.02, March 2010

1. This inheritable cardiac condition, recognizable by abnormal ECG findings, is a leading cause of sudden unexpected cardiac death in the young. It’s more common in men than in women, and is most common in Asians. It’s named after the brothers who first described it it in 1992.

  • a) Turner’s syndrome
  • b) Noonan’s syndrome
  • c) Brugada syndrome
  • d) Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome
  • e) Williams syndrome
  • f) Kent syndrome

2. The recommended daily intake of sodium is 1,000-1,500 mg, depending on age, while the “tolerable upper intake level,” according to the U.S. Institute of Medicine, is 1,500-2,300 mg. What is the actual daily intake of the average Canadian?

  • a) 903 mg
  • b) 1,637 mg
  • c) 2,490 mg
  • d) 3,092 mg
  • e) 3,736 mg

3. Who is more likely to die in a Canadian hospital within 30 days of admission for a new heart attack?

  • a) men
  • b) women

4. Roughly what proportion of new heart attack patients in Canada die within 30 days of hospital admission?

  • a) one in two
  • b) one in four
  • c) one in six
  • d) one in 10
  • e) one in 20

5. Women are less likely than men to report chest pain as a symptom of heart attack.

  • a) true
  • b) false

6. Patients with diabetes are more likely to report chest pain as as a symptom of heart attack than those without the disease.

  • a) true
  • b) false
ANSWER

1. Brugada syndrome.

2. 3,092 mg… and this measure doesn’t count salt added in cooking and at the table.

3. Women, whose risk is about 16% greater.

4. About one in 10.

5. True.

6. False, they are less likely than non-diabetic patients to report chest pain during heart attack.

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