Since October 22, 2016, Randy and I have become more knowledgeable about one’s heart and its function. Here are some fun facts about our hearts … because we all have one and need to take care of it.
A kitchen faucet would need to be turned on all the way for at least 45 years to equal the amount of blood pumped by the heart in an average lifetime.
Every day, the heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles. In a lifetime, that is equivalent to driving to the moon and back.
The heart pumps blood to almost all of the body’s 75 trillion cells. Only the corneas receive no blood supply.
Five percent of blood supplies the heart, 15-20% goes to the brain and central nervous system, and 22% goes to the kidneys.
The “thump-thump” of a heartbeat is the sound made by the four valves of the heart closing.
The average adult heart beats 72 times a minute; 100,000 times a day; 3,600,000 times a year; and 2.5 billion times during a lifetime.
Though weighing only 11 ounces on average, a healthy heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels each day.
Heart disease is our nation’s #1 killer. According to the American Heart Association, one of the most important steps in heart health is physical exercise. When Randy and I met with the Educational Nurse before he had open heart surgery, she told us that walking is the American Heart Association’s exercise of choice. And it’s FREE ! You don’t need any fancy equipment or go to the gym. Just walk. Park farther away from the grocery store, take the stairs instead of the elevator, go for a walk at lunchtime, get your heart pumping and increase your stamina to build a happy, healthy heart.