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10 Interesting Heart Facts You May Not Know

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Posted by Temple Heart & Vascular Institute

You may not think about your heart often, but here are some fascinating facts you don't want to miss.

Your heart does amazing things day in and day out. The main function of your heart is to keep oxygenated blood circulating throughout your body. In fact, you may be surprised by how hard it works to keep you alive.

Here are 10 things you may not know about this incredible organ:


Your heart beats over 100,000 times per day.


Your heart pumps about 1.5 gallons of blood every minute. Over the course of a day, that adds up to over 2,000 gallons.


There are 60,000 miles of blood vessels in your body. That's enough to go around the world twice.


The average heartbeat of a woman is about 8 beats a minute faster than a man's heartbeat.


An adult heart is about the size of 2 hands clasped together. A child's heart is about the size of a fist.


Other than the cornea, every cell in the human body gets blood from the heart.


The right side of your heart pumps blood into your lungs. The left side of your heart pumps blood back through your body.


The most number of heart attacks occur each year on Christmas Day. The day after Christmas and New Year's Day are close behind.


More heart attacks happen on a Monday than any other day of the week.


Heart disease is the number 1 cause of death in the United States. That's why it's important to be good to your heart by following a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Preventing Heart Disease

The best way to beat heart disease is to prevent it in the first place, or catch it early. At Temple, we're dedicated to reducing your risk of heart disease and helping you maintain good heart health. Through our Preventive Cardiology & Integrative Heart Health Program, you have full access to:

  • Cholesterol Management — Advanced screening tests and individualized treatment plans
  • Blood Pressure Management — Nutritional and fitness plans, or medications
  • Women's Heart Disease Program — Symptoms of heart disease often differ between men and women, so we work with each woman to ensure prompt diagnosis and treatment
  • Accurate Diagnostic Testing — If a heart problem is suspected
  • Tailored Treatment Plans — This includes lifestyle changes, medication, non-invasive options and minimally invasive surgery options
  • Multidisciplinary Team — This includes cardiologists, nutritionists, genetic counselors, endocrinologists and exercise specialists

To see a Temple cardiologist today, please call 800-TEMPLE-MED (800-836-7536) or request an appointment.


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