Feb 19

Beat this!

Did you know these amazing HEART facts?blood

Every day your heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles

The average heart beats 72 times a minute, 100,000 times a day, 2.5 billion times during your lifetime

The heart begins beating 4 weeks after conception and does not stop until death

A women’s heart typically beats faster than a man’s

Your heart is about the size of 2 hands clasped together

The thump-thump of a heart beat is the sound made by the 4 valves of the heart closing

A good belly laugh can send 20% more blood flowing through the body, so laughter is good medicine

Your heart has it’s own electrical pulse and can keep beating even if separated from the body, however, id does need to have a supply of oxygen

75 trillion cells in your body receive blood from your heart – the corneas do not

 Your heart will pump nearly 1.5 million barrels of blood during your lifetime- enough to fill 200 tanker cars

A newborn baby has about 1 cup of blood in circulation; an adult has 4-5 quarts

Cocaine affects the heart’s electrical activity and causes spasms of the arteries which can lead to heart attack or stroke even in healthy people

The more education you have, the lower your risk of heart disease

The number of heart attacks peaks on Christmas day followed by December 26th and New Years

A healthy love life, happiness and a strong sense of emotional vitality lowers the risk of heart disease

When the body is at rest, it takes only 6 seconds for the blood to go from the heart to the lungs and back, only 8 seconds for it to go to the brain and back, and only 16 seconds for it to reach the toes and travel all the way back to the heart

The blue whale has the largest heart weighing 1500 pounds

WOW! Amazing! Very interesting! The magnificence of the HEART!

When it comes to matters of the heart, men and women aren’t created equal. A man’s heart  weighs about 11 ounces while a women’s heart weighs around 8 ounces. A women’s heart is not only smaller than a man’s but the telltale signs of a heart attack may also differ.


Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.


More than 500,000 people have heart attacks each year. Women are more likely to experience some of the other common symptoms of a heart attack (see below).

Heart Attack Signs in  Women

  1. Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
  2. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  3. Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  4. Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
  5. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

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If you have any of these signs, call 9-1-1 and get to a hospital right away.

What is a heart attack?

Your heart muscle needs oxygen to survive. A heart attack occurs when the blood flow that brings oxygen to the heart muscle is severely reduced or cut off completely (View an animation of blood flow). This happens because coronary arteries that supply the heart muscle with blood flow can slowly become narrow from a buildup of fat, cholesterol and other substances that together are called plaque. This slow process is known as atherosclerosis . When a plaque in a heart artery breaks, a blood clot forms around the plaque. This blood clot can block the blood flow through the heart muscle. When the heart muscle is starved for oxygen and nutrients, it is called ischemia. When damage or death of part of the heart muscle occurs as a result of ischemia, it is called a heart attack or myocardial infarction (MI). About every 43 seconds, someone in the United States has a myocardial infarction (heart attack).

However, remember that heart disease is the biggest killer of both men and women! SO, make that heart healthy choices now!

Don’t Smoke. Avoid secondhand smoke!

 EAT RIGHT! Fruits, low fat meats, chicken, loads of veggies,

and whole grains

 Control Blood Pressure. Have it checked regularly!

 Manage cholesterol. Limit foods high in cholesterol, saturated fat, and/or trans-fat.

 Get Active! Move! Move! Move!

 Aim for 30 minutes of physical activity daily.

 Manage Stress. Take time to relax.

 Avoid being overweight. Try to lose any extra pounds since being overweight contributes to heart disease.

If you have additional questions, please contact Health Services @ ext. 2756

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