Heart facts – did you know?

Your first heart cells started beating 2 weeks after conception.heart

A healthy heart is about the size of the owner’s fist.

If you are healthy your heart beats 60+ times per minute – that’s about 10,000 times per day. It moves your five quarts of blood through your 60,000 miles of blood vessels every day. That’s like pumping 2,000 US gallons of blood every day. Your corneas are the only tissue in your body that does not have blood circulation.

Your heart rate is a reflection of your age and fitness. Newborns usually have very fast heart rates of 120 – 160 beats per minute; adult athletes often have heart rates between 40 – 60 bpm. Your heart slows down when you are asleep.

Heart disease is the #1 killer of men and women, and more women die of heart disease than from most cancers combined. Heart attack symptoms are different for men than women. Men tend to have crushing chest pain, sweating, and nausea. Women are more likely to have shortness of breath, dizziness, lightheadedness, upper back pressure, and lower chest or upper abdominal pain.

Inactive people have double the risk of heart disease. Sitting has been called ‘the new smoking’. Quit sitting all day. All it takes is 150 minutes of moderate activity each week to reduce your risk. Quitting smoking, losing weight, managing depression, and eating well to control your blood sugars can all reduce your risks also.

There are specific indicators in the eyes and cornea that suggest a greater predisposition to heart and circulatory system issues. Learn more in this short video:

 

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