How much do you know about the human heart? Is your knowledge limited to a few mundane facts that you learned back in grade-school health class? Perhaps you know who is at greater risk for a heart attack or that exercising can strengthen your heart. These are great facts to know, but there is so much more!
Not only will brushing up on your heart trivia allow you to impress your friend’s with your amazing amount of knowledge, it will give you information to pass along to your children. Here are some fun facts about the heart that you may not know:
Average weight: a woman’s heart weighs about eight ounces, while the same muscle in a man weighs about ten ounces.
Shooting blood: if your chest was open, your heart has enough strength to shoot blood in a stream covering 30 feet.
Beats: your heart will beat approximately 35 million times over the course of a year; that equates to about 2.5 billion beats in a lifetime.
Move over Lungs: did you know that your right lung is larger than your left? This is so your heart has adequate space in your chest cavity.
Better than a Bicep: your heart is so strong, on its own, that it could lift a compact car; if it had the opportunity.
Around the World: there are so many blood vessels in your heart that, if you took them out and laid them end-to-end, they could travel around the world twice.
Size: the size of your heart is not one clenched fist, but two. The heart of your child’s heart is one clenched adult fist.
First beats: the human heart is fully-developed by the time you are an eight-week old embryo, though it begins to beat four weeks earlier.
Gallons: your heart pumps, on average, 2,000 gallons of blood throughout your body each day; that’s the equivalent of 2,000 cartons of milk or 100 full bathtubs. Incredible!
Think Your Legs are Tired: when you are at rest, your heart muscles work approximately twice as hard as the muscles in the legs of someone running at full speed.
Go to the Dentist: those who have gum disease increase their chances for heart attack or stroke by up to 50 percent.
Who Needs Gas: your heart creates so much energy that if it were gasoline, it could power a truck for 20 miles every day.
Stop Smoking: people who have smoked, and quit, have the same healthy heart as a non-smoker within three years of quitting.
Even Your Heart Hates Mondays: according to researchers, more people experience a heart attack on Monday than on any other day of the week.
Women are Faster: when it comes to heart beats, anyway. A woman’s heart, even at rest, beats faster than a man’s.
Heart Transplant: the first successful heart transplant, in 1967, occurred in Cape Town, South Africa.
Laugh it up: when you laugh, the blood flow to your heart is increased for up to 45 minutes. Yet another great reason to laugh your way through life!
How well did you fare? Were these little tidbits of knowledge familiar or did you learn something new? Whatever the answer is, you are now armed with more heart knowledge than the next guy; go out and impress your friends!
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