Your heart is one of the vital organs in the human body and it beats day and night without you having to think about it. We list some fascinating facts to encourage your love for this organ, which is used as a sign of love.
1. Your heart weighs about 300 grams. With difference in body size comes difference in weight of the heart. For example, a woman’s heart is on average slightly lighter than a man’s heart.
2.Newborn babies have the fastest heart rate. The heartbeat of a small child is between 70 and 190 beats per minute, while that of an adult is between 60 and 100. If your resting heart rate is higher than that or is slowly increasing, this may be an indication of emerging heart disease. Athletes who exercise very regularly may have an even lower resting heart rate that drops to 40 beats per minute. Women generally have a slightly higher heart rate.
3.Your heart is in the middle of your chest. Nicely protected behind your sternum. Because the position is slightly skewed to the left side of your chest, you can feel it most easily there.
4.Your heart beats about 100,000 times a day. The sound your heart makes at every heartbeat is actually coming from the heart valves opening and closing.
5.Your heart pumps about 7,000 litres of blood through your body every day. That blood travels a distance of over 19,000 kilometres. Converted to an average lifespan, the total amount of blood pumped through comes to an astonishing 18 million litres.
6.Heart attacks are most common on Monday mornings. Because stress hormones are higher in the morning than at any other time, and certainly on Mondays, there is an increase in blood pressure and an increase in heart rate. Therefore, pieces of internal wounds can be torn off and cause a blockage in the heart.
7.The body has about 100,000 kilometres of bloodstream. If one of these blood courses is damaged, it will be more difficult for your heart to pump blood around.
8.A sprinter’s heart works twice as hard as their leg muscles. The force needed to pump the blood to the legs requires so much strength that the actual sporting effort takes place in the chest. The heart of a professional sprinter is therefore twice as powerful as their leg muscles.
9.When you sneeze, your heart just keeps beating. Although your whole body seems to pause for a moment when you sneeze, your heart makes its own plan. So it’s not as if your heart skips a beat when you sneeze, as is thought. The only time your heart skips is when you suffer from arrhythmia.
10.Studies show that laughter has a positive effect on your heart. The moment you burst into laughter, about 20% more blood is pumped through your body. This calms your blood flow, so your heart doesn’t have to work so hard anymore.
11.No one knows why the heart is used as a symbol of love. Different societies and periods in ancient times have attributed qualities to the heart, including the control of thoughts and emotions. The unfounded idea that love comes from the heart has stuck and will stay that way forever. Live, Laugh, Love!