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The heart pumps blood to almost
all of the body’s 75 trillion cells,
only bypassing the corneas.
The average adult
heart beats 72 times a minute,
100,000 times a day, and 2.5 billion
times over the course of a lifetime.
Squeeze a tennis ball.
That’s how hard a beating heart
works to pump blood.
Each minute, the heart pumps
between 5 and 30 liters – or
up to 8 gallons – of blood.
A woman dies from heart
disease almost every
minute, making it the #1
killer of women.
One in 3 American
women die of heart
disease each year.
Couples who are in love synchronize
their heart rates after gazing into
each others’ eyes for three minutes.
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Your heartbeat changes and
mimics the music
you listen to.
Your heart will pump enough barrels of blood
during your lifetime to fill more than three
super tankers or 200 train tank cars.
Avraham, Regina. The Circulatory System. Philadelphia, PA: Chelsea House Publishers, 2000.
Daniels, Patricia, et. al. Body: The Complete Human. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2007.
Every day, your heart creates enough
energy to drive a truck for 20 miles. Over
your average lifetime, it’s enough to drive
to the moon and back.
Historical fact:
CT scans of
mummies reveal
that heart disease
was frequent in
ancient Egypt,
showing that
unhealthy modern
lifestyles aren’t the
only cause of
heart disease.
The heart can
continue to beat
even when
separated from the
body because it has
its own electrical
impulse. All it needs
is an adequate
supply of oxygen.