27 Amazing Facts About Your Heart
Take care of your heart. It’s an incredible organ. Here are 27 amazing facts about your heart from
Cleveland Clinic — celebrating 27 years as America’s No. 1 Heart Center!
1 - The more education you have, the lower your risk of heart disease.
2 - A normal heart valve is about the size of a half dollar.
3 - The first heart pacemakersplugged into a wall socket.
4 - Happiness and a strong sense of emotional vitality help lower your risk of heart disease.
5 - The number of heart attacks peaks on Christmas Day, followed by December 26th and New Year’s.
6 - People really can have a broken heart. Sometimes life situations can cause temporary heart failure.
7 - The first “study” showing benefits of a vegetarian diet appears in the Bible’s Book of Daniel (600 BCE).
8 - The blue whale has the largest heart — weighing over 1,500 pounds.
9 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 has been found in 3,000-year-old mummies.
11 - Your heart is about the size of your two hands clasped together...
12 - It beats 100,000 times a day.
13 - Regular exercise is the single most important key to heart health. And it is FREE.
14- Heart disease is your greatest health threat (and is a greater danger than breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men).
15 - The beating sound is the clap of valve leaflets opening and closing.
16 - Each minute your heart pumps 1.5 gallons of blood.
17 - 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’ve had open heart surgery in recent years include David Letterman, Bill Clinton, Barbara Walters, Jeff Green and Shaun White.
19 - You control your heart health through diet, exercise and managing stress.
20 - Heart cancer is very rare, because heart cells stop dividing early in life.
21 - A woman’s average heartbeat is faster than a man’s by almost 8 beats a minute.
22 - The heart has its ownelectrical supply and will continue to beat when separated from the body.
23 - Every cell in the bodygets blood from the heart, except for the corneas.
24 - The heart pumps blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels!
25 - A normal heart pumps approximately 4 tablespoons of blood with each beat.
26 - The 26.2-mile marathon can be now run in less than 2 hours, but runners of any speed have 45% lower risk of heart disease or stroke.
27 - 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.
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