Did You Know…?
- Electrical impulses in your heart muscle (the myocardium) are what cause your heart to beat.
- The heart beats an average of 100,000 times per day.
- In a 70-year lifetime, the average human heart beats more than 2.5 billion times.
- The adult heart pumps about five quarts of blood each minute and approximately 2,000 gallons each day.
- The entire human vascular (blood) system, including arteries, vein and capillaries, is more than 60,000 miles long.
- Blood is comprised mainly of water – about 78 percent.
- Blood takes about 20 seconds to circulate through the entire human body.
- An adult woman’s heart weighs about 8 ounces and a man’s heart weighs about 10 ounces.
- The normal size of an adult heart is a little larger than a clenched fist.
- The medical term for a heart attack is myocardial infarction.
- Coronary artery disease is the most common form of heart disease and the number one cause of death of both men and women in the United States.
- One in five females has some form of cardiovascular disease.
- Since 1984, more U.S. women have died each year of cardiovascular disease than men.
- In women, heart attacks tend to occur later in life and are more severe than in men.
- Women are more likely to die from their first heart attack than men.
- Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization in people older than 65.
- Heart failure usually affects the left side of the heart first.