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Heart Fun Facts

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Heart Fun Facts

  • The more education you have, the lower the risk for heart disease.
  • A normal heart valve is about the size of a half dollar.
  • The first heart pacemakers plugged into a wall socket.
  • Happiness and a strong sense of emotional vitality helps lower your risk of heart disease.
  • The number of heart attacks peaks on Christmas Day, followed by December 26th and New Year’s.
  • The first heart cell starts to beat as early as 4 weeks.


  • The first “study” showing benefits of a vegetarian diet appears in Bible’s Book of Daniel (600 BCE).
  • The blue whale has the largest heart — weighing over 1,500 pounds.

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  • Modesty prompted the invention of the stethoscope.  Before it existed, doctors had to press their ears directly to each patient’s chest.
  • Heart disease has been found in 3000-year-old mummies.
  • Your heart is about the size of your two hands clasped together.
  • It beats 100,000 times per day.
  • Regular exercise is the single most important key to heart health.  And it is FREE!
  • Heart disease is your greatest health threat (and is a greater danger than breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men).
  • The beating sound is the clap of valve leaflets opening and closing.
  • Each minute your heart pumps 1.5 gallons of blood.


  • Your heart is a coordinated machine.  The right side pumps blood into your lungs, while the left side pumps it back into your body.
  • Celebrities who’ve had open heart surgery in recent years include David Letterman, Bill Clinton, Robin Williams, Barbara Walters, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Regis Philbiin.
  • You control your heart health through diet, exercise and managing stress.
  • Heart cancer is very rare, because heart cells stop dividing early in life.

We hope that you have enjoyed these heart fun facts.

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