12 Amazing Facts About Your Heart

Get to know amazing facts about hearts and understand the strongest muscles in your body better. Here are 12 things you may not know!

  1. Hold your hands in a fist and that’s the size of your heart. Adult’s hearts are about the size of 2 fists and children’s hearts are about the size of one adult fist.
  2. Your heart beats an average of 100,000 times a day. In your entire lifetime, your heart might beat up to 2.5 billion times.
  3. Your heart pumps the equivalent of 1 million barrels of blood during your lifetime. That would fill 6 small tankers!
  4. If you left your kitchen sink running for 45 years it would be the same as how much blood is pumped during your lifetime.
  5. The heart has its own electrical impulse which means it can continue to beat outside a body as long as it has oxygen.
  6. The heart pumps blood to almost all of the body’s 75 trillion cells. The only part of your body that receives no blood are your corneas.
  7. The heart beat sound you hear is caused by the four valves of the heart opening and closing.
  8. Hearts do the most “heavy lifting” during your lifetime. The muscles in your heart work harder than all your other muscles.
  9. Just four weeks after conception, the heart begins beating.
  10. Women’s hearts beat faster than men’s at 78 bpm versus 70 bpm.
  11. Blood moves from your heart to your lungs and back in only 6 seconds!
  12. Fetal heart rate is twice as fast as an adults at 150 bpm and at 12 weeks the heart pumps 12 pints of blood each day.


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