The more you learn about the human heart, the more incredible you realize it is. To showcase this, we've compiled a list of 15 heart health facts that you might find surprising and interesting. Did you know that the human heart...
1The heart has the ability to beat more than 3 billion times in a person’s life.
2Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack.
3Some of the most heart-healthy nutrients include fiber, omega-3s and antioxidants.
4In the U.S., someone has a heart attack every 43 seconds.
5The average heart weighs between 7 and 15 ounces.
6Studies show that dog owners have a lower risk of heart disease.
7Men’s hearts beat about 70 beats per minute. Women’s beat about 78 beats per minute.
8The most common type of heart disease in the U.S. is coronary artery disease, which affects the blood flow to the heart and can cause a heart attack.
9The first human heart transplant was in 1967 in South Africa.
10Laughing can send 20% more blood flowing through your body. It’s good for you!
11About 1 in 4 deaths in the U.S. are a result of heart disease.
12Reduce your risk of heart disease with a healthy diet, healthy weight, physical activity, not smoking and limiting alcohol use.
13Heart attacks are more common on Monday mornings than any other time of the week.
14The body’s system of blood vessels is more than 60,000 miles long.
15Some of the most heart-healthy foods include fish, nuts, red wine, tomatoes and dark chocolate.