FUN FACTS WITH HAMLET THE HAMSTER Facts About the Human Heart The thump thump of a heart beat is the sound made by the valves of the heart opening and closing. The hard working muscular organ isn’t very big! The adult heart is the size of a large fist. The human heart beats 35 million times a year. That’s 2.5 billion times through your life! All of the blood in your body travels through your heart once every minute. Now that’s fast! A woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s. With a woman’s at 78 beats per minute and a man’s at 70 beats per minute. Every cell in the body gets blood from the
heart except your corneas. Blood is actually a tissue. If all the blood vessels in your body were
laid out end to end, they would extend to 100,000 kms! That’s almost 2 1/2 times around the Earth! A kitchen faucet would need to be turned on all the way for 45 years to equal the amount of blood pumped by the heart in an average life time. The youngest person to receive heart surgery was one minute old. Laughing is good for your heart. It lowers blood pressure and reduces stress hormone levels, improving overall cardiovascular health. The heart has its own electrical supply and will continue to beat when separated from the body as long as it has a supply of oxygen. But don’t try this at home!