Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, it's been the number one killer for the past century. Being informed about your heart and how to keep it healthy can be a life-saver.
Here are some interesting heart facts, courtesy of our partners at PEHP and the American Heart Association:
Your heart is about the size of your fist. Heart size depends on the size of the person as well as the condition of the heart.
Cardiovascular diseases are your greatest health threat but are largely preventable by controlling certain risk factors (i.e., high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol).
Getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy diet and weight, avoiding tobacco, and limiting the excessive use of alcohol can keep your heart healthy.
Heart attack symptoms can be different in men and women. While both can share the most common signs of a heart attack, some symptoms differ. Men report more chest pain symptoms, while women have been shown to report unusual fatigue, sleep disturbances, dizziness, and anxiety. Call a doctor right away if you feel like something isn’t right.
Physical inactivity leads to high cholesterol and high blood pressure levels, among other things. Exercising for about 150 minutes a week, along with a heart-healthy diet is one of the best ways to prevent heart disease.
Your heart is your hardest working muscle! It does the most physical work of any muscle during a lifetime.
A female’s heart beats faster than a male’s heart. About eight beats a minute faster. It’s because a female heart is smaller than a male heart.
Your heart is located in the center of your chest. One may think your heart is located on the left side of the chest because the largest part of your heart is on the left side. Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart.
The average heart weighs about one pound. A man’s heart is about 2 ounces heavier than a woman’s heart.
Your heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood every day. Over your lifetime, your heart pumps about 1-1.5 million barrels of blood.
About 75 trillion cells receive blood from your heart.
The adult heart beats around 100,000 times every day. In fact, the heart has the ability to beat over 2.5 billion times in a person’s life.
The American Heart Association celebrates its 100th year in 2024! President Lyndon B. Johnson, among the millions of people in the country who'd had heart attacks, issued the first proclamation to declare February American Heart Month in 1964. U.S. Presidents have followed suit since.
Want to celebrate a healthier Valentine’s Day? Buy berries and 80% dark chocolate instead of candy, plan an active V-Day date, and give more hugs! It’s proven that physical affection really does lower blood pressure! Read this article by the American Heart Association on the benefits of the human touch.
February is heart month! ❤️ Come learn how to understand your heart risk, make healthy choices, and take steps to reduce your chances of getting heart disease at this FREE class with Dr. Scott Hacking.
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