Interesting heart facts

August 26, 2009 | In: Medical facts

The heart is the first organ to begin functioning during embroyonic life.

In the average lifetime, the heart beats 2.5 billion times. The human heart beat roughly 35 million times a year. Women hearts beat faster than men.

The heart pumps about 1 million barrels of blood during an average lifetime.

The size of our heart is about the size of our clenched fist.

The Ancient Greek physician Galen discovered in 100 A.D. that the heart set the body’s blood in motion.

The heart is a universal symbol of love dating back to ancient times, when the heart was given special importance, because the Chinese considered that happiness originated in the heart, and the Egyptians considered the heart to be the source of intelligence and emotion.

Olive oil can help in lowering cholesterol levels and decreasing the risk of heart complications.

The first open heart surgery was performed by Dr. Daniel Hall Williams in 1893.

Blood flows through the left atrium into the left ventricle.

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