10 Facts About Our Hearts

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The all-important heart is constantly at work, pumping blood filled with essential oxygen and nutrients to your body’s organs 24/7. Here are some facts we found particularly fascinating about our hearts.


1
The human heart can create enough pressure to squirt blood at a distance of 30 ft.

2
In a lifetime, the heart pumps about one million barrels of blood.

3
The Heart actually sits in the center of the chest, not on the left side.

4
Women's hearts have 6-8 more beats per minute than men's.

5
Because the heart has its own electrical impulse, it can continue to beat even when separated from the body, as long as it has an adequate supply of oxygen.

6
The first successful heart transplant recipient only lived 18 days.

7
Grab a tennis ball and squeeze it tightly: that’s how hard the beating heart works to pump blood.

8
Owning a cat can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes by more than a third, researchers found.

9
Smoking makes the risk of a heart attack 200% to 400% greater than that of nonsmokers.

10
While sudden heart attacks during sex are rare, 75% of them happen to men who are cheating on their wives.