Fun facts about the heart

  1. 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

  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

  4. The cardiac conduction system controls the rhythm of your heart

  5. Open heart surgery has been performed since 1893 and the first pacemaker was fitted in 1958

  6. 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"

  8. The most common day to have a heart attack is a Monday and 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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