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Fun facts about the heart

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

Your heart is one of the most important organs in your whole body. It is responsible for getting blood around your whole body, supplying oxygen and nutrients to all our tissue. But how much more do you know about it?

  1. Did you know that a healthy heart is usually the same size as an adult’s fist?

  2. Laughing is good for your heart- it can reduce your stress level, and therefore help the heart. When you laugh endorphins (happy hormones) are released into the body.

  3. On average your heart will beat around 115,000 times a day and pump around 2,000 gallons of blood around the body per day (that is over 9,000 litres of blood).

  4. The cardiac conduction system controls the rhythm of your heart, if there is a problem with the system you may have a condition called arrhythmia.

  5. Open heart surgery has been performed since 1893 and the first pacemaker was fitted in 1958. Since then there have been a lot of changes in surgery. People can now have minimally invasive surgery, helping patients to have a quicker recovery time!

  6. Did you know that heart cancer is very rare, because the cells inside the heart do not multiply?

  7. Death from a broken heart is a real thing - "taktsubo cardiomyopathy". This condition can be brought on by a period of sadness or trauma.

  8. The most common day to have a heart attack is a Monday. Some people think that this is linked to the stress of returning to work, whereas others believe that it is linked to an increased alcohol consumption over the weekend. Christmas day is the most common day of the year to have a heart attack.

  9. The male heart is usually around 50 grams heavier than a female heart; however, a female heart will usually beat faster than a male heart.

  10. The human heart has enough pressure in it to send blood 30 feet into the air.

This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.

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