Getting Right to the Heart

Yesterday, the streets filled with men carrying flowers and cars rushing couples off to dinner reservations. Sure, we appreciate taking a day to acknowledge that special someone. We also feel Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show some love for something very close to you… your heart, of course! Enjoy these interesting and surprising tidbits of information about the muscle that works hard for you 24/7.

  • “Thump Thump” – the sound our heart makes actually comes from the closing of our four atrioventricular valves.
  • On average, a woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s by 8 beats per minute, but women’s hearts are also generally 2oz smaller.
  • Studies show eating one serving of salmon per week can reduce your risk for heart disease by a whopping 30%.
  • In 1967, a man in Cape Town, South Africa received the first successful heart transplant.
  • Heart attacks occur most commonly on Mondays. They also most often occur between 8:00 and 9:00 in the morning.
  • Over the span of a lifetime, the heart works harder than any other muscle in the body, beating approximately 2.5 billion times.
  • Professionals can attribute 30% of all deaths from coronary heart disease to smoking cigarettes.
  • Your heart and other bodily functions temporarily stop working while you sneeze.
  • Early Egyptians believed the heart and other organs moved around the body, each with a separate soul and mind of their own.
  • A healthy heart pumps approximately 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels daily. That’s the equivalent of filling up your gas tank about 125 times!
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