Did you know that February is American Heart Month? With Valentine’s Day right around the corner it is the perfect time to dedicate some attention to this vital organ. Your heart is the hardest working organ in your body so it is especially important to make sure you practice heart-healthy habits.
First thing is first, let’s learn some fun facts about the heart!
- The size of a heart depends on the size of the person. On average, a healthy heart is about the size of your fist.
- The human heart weighs less than 1 pound, however, a male’s heart typically weighs slightly more than a female’s heart.
- Whales have the largest heart of any mammal, some weighing over 1,500 pounds.
- The number of heart attacks peak on Christmas Day, the day after Christmas, and New Year’s.
- Most heart attacks happen on a Monday.
- Depression increases your risk of having a heart attack.
- Heart Disease has been found in 3,000 year old mummies.
- Regular exercise is the single most important key to heart health, and it can be free!
- On average, your heart beats 100,000 times a day.
- Heart cells stop dividing early on in life, which makes Heart Cancer extremely rare.
- A female’s heartbeat is usually faster than a males by almost 8 beats a minute.
- Before the invention of stethoscopes, Dr.’s had to press their ears directly against their patient’s chest.
- The beating sounds of your heart comes from the valves opening and closing.
- Your heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood through your body per day.
- The heart can continue beating even when disconnected from the body.
- Heart attack symptoms differ between men and women.
- Laughter & happiness is good for your heart.
- Your heart is located in the center of your chest.
- “Heart Break Syndrome” is real and it demonstrates signs similar to that of a heart attack due to the emotional stress someone is experiencing.
- Your heart rate drops while you sleep at night.
Stay tuned for our next heart healthy blog post!