Human Heart
Human Heart
  1. Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day, which adds up to an astonishing 35 million times a year.
  2. The human heart is about the size of your two hands clasped together.
  3. The heart pumps about 5.7 liters (1.5 gallons) of blood throughout the body every minute.
  4. In an average lifetime, the heart will pump nearly 1.5 million barrels of blood, enough to fill 200 train tank cars.
  5. A woman’s heart typically beats faster than a man’s heart. The average adult male heart rate is between 70 and 72 beats per minute, while the average adult female heart rate is between 78 and 82 beats per minute.
  6. Your heart is one giant pump made up of four chambers: two atria (upper chambers) and two ventricles (lower chambers).
  7. Your heartbeat changes and mimics the music you listen to.
  8. The first open-heart surgery was performed by Dr. Daniel Hale Williams in 1893.
  9. The heart has its own electrical supply and continues to beat even when separated from the body.
  10. The sound of your heartbeat is caused by the valves of the heart opening and closing.
  11. The right side of your heart pumps blood into your lungs, while the left side pumps it back into your body.
  12. Heart cells stop dividing, which means heart cancer is extremely rare.
  13. Regular exercise is the best way to maintain a healthy heart. It can reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 50%.
  14. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women worldwide.
  15. Laughing is good for your heart. It reduces stress and gives a boost to your immune system.
  16. According to the American Heart Association, dark chocolate that contains at least 70% cocoa can help heart health.
  17. The heart symbol we use today (“<3”) to signify love has been in use for centuries, but its exact origins are unknown.
  18. The blue whale has the largest heart of any living creature. Its heart weighs over 1,500 pounds.
  19. The “thump-thump” sound of a heartbeat is caused by the rhythm of the valves in the heart opening and closing.
  20. Ancient Egyptians believed that the heart, rather than the brain, was the source of human wisdom and emotions.
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