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:
- The more education you have, the lower your risk of heart disease.
- 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.
- The number of heart attacks peaks on Christmas Day, followed by December 26th and New Years’ Day.
- The first heart cell starts to beat as early as four weeks.
- The first “study” showing benefits of a vegetarian diet appears in the Bible’s Book of Daniel.
- 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.
- Heart disease has been found in 3,000-year-old mummies.
- Your heart is about the size of your hands clasped together
- Your heart beats 100,000 times a day.
- Regular exercise is the single most important key to heart health. And it is free.
- Heart disease is your greatest health threat (and is a greater danger than breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men).
- The beating sound is the clap of valve leaflets opening and closing.
- 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’ve had open heart surgery in recent years include David Letterman, Bill Clinton, Barbara Walters, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Regis Philbin.
- You control your heart health through diet, exercise and managing stress.
- 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 eight beats a minute.