Bea’s Wellness Beat: Focus on the Heart

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I’m willing to bet that you weren’t aware of these 9 fantastic heart facts:

  •  Our heart pumps around 2,000 gallons of blood every stinking day.

 

  • Our heart beats around 100,000 beats per day, 35 million times a year, and around 2.5 billion beats in an average lifetime.

 

  • The heart is not on the left side of our chest – it’s in the middle, hanging out between our lungs.

 

  • Have a big heart is great figuratively. Literally? Not so much. An enlarged heart is a symptom of heart disease.

 

  • What day do most heart attacks occur? I’ll give you a hint, it’s NOT on our favourite day of the week, Friday. Nope, it’s the day we all love to hate: Monday (wow, what a surprise).

 

  • A guy’s heart is around 25% bigger than a woman’s. A woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s.

 

  • Guys, are you losing the hair on the top of your head? Watch out! Research shows that you have a higher risk of heart disease, especially if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels. (I suggest you join Hair Club for Men, stat. If it’s still around, that is).

 

  • The heart can continue to beat when separated from the body, as long as it has an oxygen source.

 

  • Lastly, we all know that laughter makes us feel better about life. Health experts point out that laughing not only has emotional health benefits; it’s also great for our heart.  You can read more about that in this article.

 

Heartfelt quotes:

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. (Helen Keller)

 

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

 

Despite everything, I believe that people really are good at heart. (Anne Frank)

 

I could hear my heart beating. I could hear everyone’s heart. I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark. (Raymond Carver)

 

Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart, one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them. (Marvin J. Ashton)

 

For Further Reading:

Can you really die of a broken heart?

Sleep and Cardiovascular Disease

Exercise for your Heart Health

 

 

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