You think you all know all there is to know about the human heart? Well, think again!
Below are 10 Fascinating Facts About The Human Heart, we thought you’d like to know.
The Good Heart Medicine is – Laughter
A good belly laughter can send 20% more blood flowing through the entire body. A study have proven that when people watched a funny movie, this results to an increase in blood flow.
That is why laughter is the perfect antidote to stress. When a person laughs, the lining of the blood vessel walls expand and relax.
The Size of Your Heart
For adults, the size of the heart is about the same size as two fists. For kids, the heart size is about the size of your fists.
The Heart Beats About 100,000 Times Per Day
The average adult heart beats 72x per minute, 100,000x per day, 3,600,000x per year and 2.5 billion times during one’s lifetime.
The “thump-thump” sound of a heartbeat is due to the 4 valves of the heart closing.
The heart has its own electrical impulse. Therefore, it can continue beating even when separated from the body, as long as it has an adequate supply of oxygen.
Lack of Sleep
A prolonged lack of sleep, may cause irregular jumping heartbeats known as PVCs or premature ventricular contractions.
Volume of Blood
The volume of blood pumped by the heart, may vary from 5-30 liters per minute.
A kitchen faucet will need to be turned on all the way for 45 years at least, to equal the amount of blood pumped by the heart in an average lifetime.
The Heart Makes Enough Energy
The heart makes enough energy daily, to drive a truck 20 miles. In a lifetime, this is equal to driving to the moon and back.
Plato theorized that “reasoning” came from the brain, but that passions came in the “fiery” heart.
A woman’s heart beats faster as compared to a man. The heart of an average man beats approximately seventy times per minute, while the average woman has a heart rate of 78 beats per minute.