I’ll bet if you have never had heart issues you probably don’t really think about your ticker too much. It is sort of just like breathing. We just have it and it does what it is supposed too. If it weren’t for Valentine’s Day you may not even mention the word “heart” very much in your everyday vocab.
But, did you know… 🤷♀️
- The average heart is the size of a fist in an adult.
- Your heart will beat about 115,000 times each day.
- Your heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood every day.
- An electrical system controls the rhythm of your heart. It’s called the cardiac conduction system.
- The heart can continue beating even when it’s disconnected from the body.
- The first open-heart surgery occurred in 1893. It was performed by Daniel Hale Williams, who was one of the few black cardiologists in the United States at the time.
- The first implantable pacemaker was used in 1958. Arne Larsson, who received the pacemaker, lived longer than the surgeon who implanted it. Larsson died at 86 of a disease that was unrelated to his heart.
- The youngest person to receive heart surgery was only a minute old. She had a heart defect that many babies don’t survive. Her surgery was successful, but she’ll eventually need a heart transplant.
- The earliest known case of heart disease was identified in the remains of a 3,500-year-old Egyptian mummy.
- The fairy fly, which is a kind of wasp, has the smallest heart of any living creature.
- The American pygmy shrew is the smallest mammal, but it has the fastest heartbeat at 1,200 beats per minute.
- Whales have the largest heart of any mammal.
- The giraffe has a lopsided heart, with their left ventricle being thicker than the right. This is because the left side has to get blood up the giraffe’s long neck to reach their brain.
- Most heart attacks happen on a Monday.
- Christmas day is the most common day of the year for heart attacks to happen.
- The human heart weighs less than 1 pound. However, a man’s heart, on average, is 2 ounces heavier than a woman’s heart.
- A woman’s heart beats slightly faster than a man’s heart.
- The beating sound of your heart is caused by the valves of the heart opening and closing.
- It’s possible to have a broken heart. It’s called broken heart syndrome and can have similar symptoms as a heart attack. The difference is that a heart attack is from heart disease and broken heart syndrome is caused by a rush of stress hormones from an emotional or physical stress event.
- Death from a broken heart, or broken heart syndrome, is possible but extremely rare.
- The iconic heart shape as a symbol of love is traditionally thought to come from the silphium plant, which was used as an ancient form of birth control.
- If you were to stretch out your blood vessel system, it would extend over 60,000 miles.
- Heart cells stop dividing, which means heart cancer is extremely rare.
- Laughing is good for your heart. It reduces stress and gives a boost to your immune system.
Check out the top 10 ways to a healthy heart.
A healthy heart starts with a healthy lifestyle.
Get at least 150 minutes (5 sessions of 30 minutes) of moderate physical activity each week.
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Drink lots of water. Limit your salt and sugar intake. And eat foods low in saturated and trans fats.
STOP SMOKING NOW
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Try yoga or meditation. Unplug from the world. Add protein to your diet. According to a 2002 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, “whey protein may help with cognitive performance in people vulnerable to stress.”
PUMP SOME IRON
Add strength training to your workouts 2-3 times a week. Strength training lowers the risk of heart disease by increasing your metabolism and cardiovascular endurance.
DRINK ALCOHOL IN MODERATION
We aren’t suggesting you drink alcohol, but, if you do, many studies show consuming red wine is actually beneficial for your health and heart.
MAKE YOUR YEARLY EXAM APPOINTMENT
Find and know your numbers such as; blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides. Keep your health in check. Yearly exams are essential for preventive illnesses. Make the appointment and keep it, and before you leave make your next appointment or write it on your calendar to make an appointment for the following year.
DON’T FORGET THE DENTIST
Good dental hygiene can improve your overall health, but did you know that keeping your yearly professional cleaning can lower your risk for a heart attack by 24% and 13% for a stroke.
ADOPT A PET
Pets offer numerous health benefits like getting you moving and lowering your stress. Caring for pets can reduce your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. They also offer unconditional love!
JUST BE HAPPY
People who are happy have lower levels of cortisol (stress inducing chemicals). So do what makes you happy, makes you smile, laugh and find good in everyday. There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy!
For more information The American Heart Association’s Go Red Campaign has great information for women.https://www.heart.org/
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Christine is a Women’s Physique Competitor of 6 years. She has roots in Wisconsin and currently resides in Colorado where you can find her hard at work in the Orthopedics Department at UCHealth.
She is an avid “14er” summiting the peaks of the Southern Rocky Mountain Front Range in her spare time. She has her sights on completing all of Colorado’s 14ers (the mountain peaks above 14,000 feet of which there are 58) in the next two years. A strong advocate for women’s health, she is also a personal trainer with special interest in pediatric and women’s fitness, nutrition and bodybuilding. Christine attributes much of her success to having built a strong foundation of knowledge from her peers, mentors and experts; as well as her fellow athletes.
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