The heart is the most important muscle of your body and your cardiovascular system. How much do you know about it? Here are 10 facts you should know.
1. An adult heart beats at around 100,000 times in a day or 60 to 100 times per minute. For those whose with a pulse rate close to 60 beats per minute, that makes roughly 86,000 times in a day, while those close to 100 bpm makes 144,00 beats per day.
2. Age and fitness level can affect heart rate. In general, as a child grows or an adult gets fitter, the organ’s pulse rate becomes slower. A newborn (0 to 11 months) has a heart rate of 70 to 160 bpm. Childre 1-4 years beats 75-120 bpm. 5-9 year olds have a rate of 75 to 110 bpm. Children from 10 years old and above and non-athlete adults have a rate of 60 to 100 bpm, while adult athletes have 40 to 60 bpm.
3. Heart disease is the top killer not only for men, but also the number one killer in women. More women die due to risks in heart health than cancer. According to American Health Association, more than one in three women has this and that every minute, one woman dies because of unstable heart health.
4. Your fist is the size of your heart. The organ’s size varies on the size of a person and its condition. In general, a person who has a stable heart health has more or less the size of his/her fist.
5. The organ’s pulse rate drops during sleep. Some even drop to 40 bpm when asleep. This is because metabolism slows down, parasympathetic nervous system, responsible for slowing your heart and relaxing you becomes more active.
6. Symptoms or cardiac attack differ in men and women. Though heart disease is killers of the two, the symptoms in men differ from women. Men often get sweating, nausea, and chest pain, while women experience dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, upper back pressure, and lower chest pain.
7. Your activities are the greatest factor in maintaining your heart health. People with lower fitness level have two times more likely to have heart disease than the active ones. The AHA recommends taking at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week. 80% of heart disease can be prevented by healthy lifestyles such as proper diet, cholesterol, and blood pressure control, reducing blood sugar, losing weight and quitting smoking.
8. Depression increases the risk of cardiac attack, especially in women. Women aged 55 and below who have moderate to severe depression are twice as likely to suffer a cardiac attack or die of heart disease.
9. Too much amount of sitting is linked to having an increased risk in your heart health. Studies show that sitting too long in a day can cause chronic health conditions which include heart disease.
10. This important cardiovascular organ is a giant pump. It can pump around 5 part of blood every minute through your blood vessels that are about 60,000 miles long, which is about 2,000 gallons of blood each day.
Lower the risk of diseases affecting the most important muscle of your bossy. Stand up, move, get some exercise, and eat well. This is the key to optimum heart health.