Did you know that your heart pumps a staggering 2,000 gallons of blood every single day? That’s equivalent to 7,570 litres! It’s the powerhouse of your cardiovascular system yet it weighs less than 1 pound (0.45lbs). Talk about being small but mighty!
The next time you are tempted to downplay how awesome you are, think about how fearfully and wonderfully you were made!
Keep reading to learn more fun facts about your heart…
- Every aspect of your life affects your heart. Your lifestyle, emotional wellbeing and what you eat all impact the health of your heart. Even more reason for self-care. So the best way to care for your heart is to exercise regularly, eat healthy and manage your stress levels.
- Your heart beats an average of 115,000 times each day.
- Your blood pumps 1.5 gallons (5.7 litres) of blood every single minute! How’s that for efficiency? And it accomplishes this in 60-80 beats. Doesn’t know how hard your heart works for you make you fall in love with it?
- The reason why heart cancer is rare is because adult heart cells do not divide.
- A woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s by an average of 8 beats per minute but Is approximately 2 ounces lighter.
- Your heart pumps blood through 60,000 miles (96,560 km) of blood vessels.
- Your heart has its very own inbuilt electric supply called the cardiac conduction system. This is why your heart may remain beating after it is disconnected from the body. All it needs is a sufficient supple of oxygen to continue beating.
- Heart disease is the greatest threat to your health.
- The stethoscope was invented in 1816 by René Laennec, a French physician and musician. He invented it because he was uncomfortable placing his ear on a woman’s chest to listen to her heart.
- The amount of energy your heart generates each day is enough to drive a truck 20 miles (32 km).
- Dr. Christiaan Barnard, a South African cardiac surgeon, is credited as the first surgeon to perform a human-human heart transplant in 1967. The procedure was successful even though the transplant recipient died 18 days later of pneumonia.
- A broken heart is a real thing. In fact, symptoms of a broken are similar to those of a heart attack. The only difference is that a broken heart is triggered by stress while a heart attack is caused by heart disease.
- Speaking of heart attacks, most of them occur on Christmas Day each year. Boxing Day and New Year’s Day are also common days for heart attacks. So strange…When it comes to weekdays, Monday is the most common day for heart attacks.
In summary, take care of your heart!
Vimbai E. is a writer, journalist, ghostwriter and the founder of The Weight She Carries. With hundreds of articles publishing online, in print and for broadcast, her love of language and storytelling shines through every piece of writing that bears her name.