“Heart Fun Facts”

According to the American Heart Association, more than 15 million people have heart disease and it is the leading cause of death in the United States.  Thank God for a healthy heart because all of our cells require a constant supply of oxygen and if blood flow stops, the cells will die.  We have all read the terrifying illnesses that can affect the heart.  So, let’s discuss some of the fun facts concerning the human heart, as recently presented by the Cleveland Clinic.  The number of heart attacks peaks on Christmas Day, followed by December 26th and New Year’s.  Heart disease has been found in 3,000-year-old mummies.  The first “study” showing benefits of a vegetarian diet appears in the Bible’s Book of Daniel (600 BCE).  The blue whale has the largest heart, which can weigh over 1,500 pounds.  The first heart cell starts to beat as early as 4 weeks and it beats about 100,000 times a day.  The heart has its own electrical supply and will continue to beat when separated from the body.  Each minute, your heart pumps 1.5 gallons of blood. Every cell in the body gets blood from the heart, except for the corneas of the eyes.  The first heart pacemakers plugged into a wall socket.

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