It’s a Fact…

About heart disease …

  • Heart disease is the greatest health threat to both sexes (a greater danger than breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men).
  • Lowering your blood pressure may decrease your risk of stroke and heart disease by about 50%.
  • Bacteria that grows in your mouth and causes gum disease may double your risk for a heart attack. Regular brushing and flossing can sweeten your breath and improve your health.
  • Each year, an estimated 785,000 Americans will have their first heart attack.
  • 1 of every 3 deaths in the U.S. is caused by heart disease and stroke.
  • A heart attack strikes someone about every 43 seconds.
  • Walking 30 minutes a day can lower risk for heart attack and stroke.
  • Every 39 seconds someone dies from heart disease or stroke.
  • Just one year after you quit smoking, you’ll cut your risk of coronary heart disease by 50%.
  • 80% of heart disease can be prevented.
    (Source: American Heart Association)

About heart disease in women …

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. It accounts for 1 in every 4 female deaths.
  • 64% of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms.
  • 23% of women die within 1 year of having a heart attack.
  • One woman dies from heart disease every 60 seconds.
  • Women have a 15% greater chance of having a heart attack on a Monday than any other day of the week.
  • 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death for African-American and white women in the United States.
  • A woman’s average heartbeat is faster than a man’s by almost 8 beats per minute.
  • Studies have shown that women who drink 2 or more sugar-sweetened beverages per day have a higher risk of heart disease. Skip the soda and replace one sugary drink with water each day.
    (Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Cleveland Clinic, American Heart Association)

Hear From Real Patients

About your heart ...

Doctor holding heart
  • The average heart is the size of a fist in an adult.
  • Your heart will beat about 115,000 times each day.
  • Your heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood every day.
  • An electrical system controls the rhythm of your heart. It’s called the cardiac conduction system.
  • The heart can continue beating even when it’s disconnected from the body.
  • The first open-heart surgery occurred in 1893. It was performed by Daniel Hale Williams, who was one of the few black cardiologists in the United States at the time.
  • The first implantable pacemaker was used in 1958. Arne Larsson, who received the pacemaker, lived longer than the surgeon who implanted it. Larsson died at 86 of a disease that was unrelated to his heart.
  • The youngest person to receive heart surgery was only a minute old. She had a heart defect that many babies don’t survive. Her surgery was successful, but she’ll eventually need a heart transplant.
  • The earliest known case of heart disease was identified in the remains of a 3,500-year-old Egyptian mummy.
  • The fairy fly, which is a kind of wasp, has the smallest heart of any living creature.
  • The American pygmy shrew is the smallest mammal, but it has the fastest heartbeat at 1,200 beats per minute.
  • Whales have the largest heart of any mammal.
  • The giraffe has a lopsided heart, with their left ventricle being thicker than the right. This is because the left side has to get blood up the giraffe’s long neck to reach their brain.
  • Most heart attacks happen on a Monday.
  • Christmas day is the most common day of the year for heart attacks to happen.
  • The human heart weighs less than 1 pound. However, a man’s heart, on average, is 2 ounces heavier than a woman’s heart.
  • A woman’s heart beats slightly faster than a man’s heart.
  • The beating sound of your heart is caused by the valves of the heart opening and closing.
  • It’s possible to have a broken heart. It’s called broken heart syndrome and can have similar symptoms as a heart attack. The difference is that a heart attack is from heart disease and broken heart syndrome is caused by a rush of stress hormones from an emotional or physical stress event.
  • Death from a broken heart, or broken heart syndrome, is possible but extremely rare.
  • The iconic heart shape as a symbol of love is traditionally thought to come from the silphium plant, which was used as an ancient form of birth control.
  • If you were to stretch out your blood vessel system, it would extend over 60,000 miles.
  • Heart cells stop dividing, which means heart cancer is extremely rare.
  • Laughing is good for your heart. It reduces stress and gives a boost to your immune system.

The takeaway

Your heart affects every part of your body. That also means that diet, lifestyle, and your emotional well-being can affect your heart. Emotional and physical health are both important for maintaining a healthy heart.
(Source: HealthLine)