21 Amazing Things About Your Heart (Video)

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Your heart. You probably don’t think about it often, yet it continues to pump with its faithful, steady beat — carrying blood to all your organs. Watch and find out some amazing things about your heart.

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Below, find 21 fun, amazing facts about your own ticker:

  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 pacemakers plugged 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 Years’ Day.
  6. The first heart cell starts to beat as early as four weeks.
  7. The first “study” showing benefits of a vegetarian diet appears in the Bible’s Book of Daniel.
  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 hands clasped together
  12. Your heart 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.
  18. Celebrities who’ve had open heart surgery in recent years include David Letterman, Bill Clinton, Barbara Walters, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Regis Philbin.
  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 eight beats a minute.

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