You may not think much about your heart as it pumps away faithfully.
Take care of your heart. It’s an incredible organ. Here are 27 amazing facts about your heart from Balanced Healing.
The more education you have, the lower your risk of heart disease
2. Heart Valve Size
A normal heart valve is about the size of a half dollar.
The first heart pacemakers plugged into a wall socket.
Happiness and a strong sense of emotional vitality help lower your risk of heart disease.
5. Heart Attacks
The number of heart attacks peaks on Christmas Day, followed by December 26th and New Year's.
6. Broken Heart
People really can have a broken heart. Sometimes life situations can cause temporary heart failure.
7. Vegetarian Diet
The first study showing benefits of a vegetarian diet appears in the Bible's Book of Daniel (600 BCE)
8. Biggest Heart
The blue whale has the largest heart weighing over 1 500 pounds.
Modesty prompted the invention of the stethoscope. Before it existed, doctors had to press their ears directly to each patient's chest.
10. Heart Disease
Heart disease has been found in 3 000 year-old mummies.
11. Size of Heart
Your heart is about the size of your two hands clasped together.
12. Heart Beats
It beats 100 000 times a day
Regular exercise is the single most important key to heart health. And it is FREE.
14. Heart Disease
Heart disease is your greatest health threat and is a greater danger than breast cancer in women and prostrate cancer in men.
15. Beating Sound
The beating sound is the clap of valve leaflets opening and closing.
16. Amount of blood
Each minute your heart pumps 1.5 gallons of blood
Your heart is a coordinated machine. The right side pumps blood into your lungs, while the left side pumps it back into your body.
Celebrities who have had open heart surgery include: David Letterman, Bill Clinton, Barbara Walters, Jeff Green & Shaun White.
You control your heart health through diet, exercise & managing stress.
20. Heart Cancer
Heart cancer is very rare, because heart cells stop dividing early in life.
A woman's average heartbeat is faster than a man's by almost a minute.
22. Electrical Supply
A heart has its own electrical supply and will continue to beat when separated from the body.
23. Blood Supply
Every cell in the body gets blood from the heart, except for the corneas.
24. Blood Vessels
The heart pumps blood through 60 000 miles of blood vessels!
25. Each Beat
A normal heart pumps approximately 4 tablespoons of blood with each beat.
The 26.2-mile marathon can now be run in less than 2 hours, but runners of any speed have 45% lower risk of heart disease or stroke.
27. Atomic Weight
27 Is the atomic weight of cobalt, which caused heart damage when it was used to make foamier beer. " Beer drinker's heart disease" is now only of historical interest.