18 things you may not know about the heart!

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As February is American Heart Month we thought it might be fun to post some “Heart Trivia”.  See how many of these heart facts you know.

1.         Your heart beats about 60 million times before you are born.

2.         The human heart beats around 35 million times in a year—the average adult heart beats 72 times a minute.

3.         Even at rest, the heart muscles work twice as hard as the leg muscles of a person running.

4.         Within a minute’s time, a human heart can pump blood to every cell in your body—over the course of a day, about 100,000 heart beats shuttle 2,000 gallons of oxygen-rich blood many times.

5.         A broken heart can pose a serious heart attack risk—when you experience an emotionally difficult event, it can also activate the release of stress hormones into the bloodstream that temporarily “shock” the heart.

6.         Within three years of quitting smoking, the heart attack risks for ex- smokers are the same as for someone who has never smoked before.

7.         Taking care of your teeth can impact your heart health—developing gum disease can increase risks of heart attack or stroke by 50%.

8.         The heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles every day—that’s equivalent to driving to the moon and back in a life time.

9.         The obtrusive sleep apnea (OSA) condition of heavy snoring, can negatively affect the heart.

10.       Your heart is about 10 ounces in weight and has four chambers: The left atrium, the left ventricle, the right atrium and the right ventricle.

11.       High blood pressure is one of the most common risks linked to heart health, then comes the heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure. It is also called as the “silent killer.”

12.       During an average lifetime, a human heart will beat over 2.5 billion times.

13.       The human heart can generate enough pressure to squirt blood a distance of thirty feet.

14.       Earthworms have five hearts.

15.       In a lifetime, the heart pumps about one million barrels of blood.

16.       Every year, about 1.2 million Americans have heart attacks.

17.       The heart of a blue whale weighs about a ton and you could crawl through its aorta.

18.       The saying “Wear your heart on your sleeve” was first recorded in Shakespeare’s Othello, 1604. In the play, the treacherous Iago’s plan was to feign openness and vulnerability in order to appear faithful:

Iago:

It is sure as you are Roderigo,

Were I the Moor, I would not be Iago:

In following him, I follow but myself;

Heaven is my judge, not I for love and duty,

But seeming so, for my peculiar end:

For when my outward action doth demonstrate

The native act and figure of my heart?In compliment extern,

’tis not long after?But I will wear my heart upon my sleeve?

For daws to peck at: I am not what I am.

 

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