It’s an amazing muscle and I, like most people, don’t pay it enough attention. That’s probably because we don’t need to think it into action; it just works – well for most of us, most of the time.
I borrowed a few interesting facts off the internet to illustrate the wonder of this biological pump:
- Your heart beats about 100,000 times in one day and about 35 million times in a year. During an average lifetime, the human heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times.
- As a kid, your resting pulse might range from 90 to 120 beats per minute. As an adult, your pulse rate slows to an average of 72 beats per minute.
- The aorta, the largest artery in the body, is almost the diameter of a garden hose. Capillaries, on the other hand, are so small that it takes ten of them to equal the thickness of a human hair.
- Your body has about 5.6 litres (6 quarts) of blood. These 5.6 litres of blood circulates through the body three times every minute. In one day, the blood travels a total of 12,000 miles - that's about the distance from the UK to New Zealand!
- The heart pumps about 1 million barrels of blood during an average lifetime—that's enough to fill more than 3 super tankers.
The British Heart Foundation (BHF) campaigns tirelessly to keep us aware of the risk of heart disease and the various conditions that affect the heart and how we can minimise our risk of contracting these conditions.
Of course, some people are born with congenital and inherited conditions. The BHF offers a wonderful support network for people with these conditions, not to mention the amazing on-going research to help us understand and ultimately cure such conditions.
So for these and so many other good reasons, we chose to make the BHF our nominated charity and we are organising a number of events and awareness sessions around these important topics.
Please join us in supporting this great cause and if nothing else, educate yourself a bit more on how to look after the physical, not just the emotional affairs of the heart!"