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Hearts have been a source of fascination for human beings for thousands of years. As far back as Ancient Greece, the heart was seen as the center of the soul and the heat of the body, even more important than the brain. The heart does some amazing things for such a small organ, so check out these 13 facts about hearts for some extra ways to appreciate yours.
1. An average heart creates enough energy during a day to propel a truck 20 miles.
2. The only part of the body that doesn’t receive blood from the heart are the corneas in the eyes.
3. Ancient Egyptians thought that the heart, as well as other organs, could move around inside the body under their own will.
4. Heart disease is the most likely cause of death in the world. Many of these deaths come from heart attacks, which are most common during the week on Monday mornings, and during the year on Christmas.
5. Laughing can increase your blood flow by 20%, helping out your heart by relaxing the blood vessels.
6. Hearts have their own electrical impulses, which means that as long as they have an oxygen supply they can keep on beating…even if they’re outside the human body.
7. Women’s hearts typically beat faster than men’s (78 BPM to 70 BPM) while men’s hearts are larger than women’ s (10 oz to 8 oz).
8. Rene Laennec invented the stethoscope thanks to modesty. Before the invention, doctors had to press their ears directly against a patient’s chest to listen to a heartbeat.
9. After a breakup, you really do have a broken heart. Breakups increase the risk of a heart attack, and can also release hormones that create chest pains and shortness of breath.
10. If you want to reduce the chance of a heart attack, you can follow the well-known suggestions to eat well, exercise, and decrease stress. Or, if you’re a man, you can have an active sex life, which is shown to reduce the chance of heart attacks. Owning a cat also cuts the risk by a third.
11. Most people think that the heart is located on the left side of the body. In reality, it’s in the center but is tipped in such a way that we can feel it on the left side more easily.
12. If your heart rate is too high, the best way to bring it back down is through yoga. Doing it regularly can bring down your BPM by 11 beats per minute.
13. The first heart cell starts pumping blood around 4 weeks after conception.