Although it’s one of your most vital organs, the heart still maintains some mystery. Here are 10 facts about your heart that may come as a surprise.
1. In adults, the heart is roughly the size of a fist and weighs about 10 ounces. The heart can become enlarged – which doesn’t make it stronger. Instead, an enlarged heart (which often develops due to high blood pressure) may not pump blood as well as it should.
2. The average adult has 1 ¼ gallons of blood, which the heart pumps all around the body.
3. More than one-third of American adults have high blood pressure.
4. Your heart gets the blood that keeps it alive through a system of coronary arteries. These are only a few millimeters wide. If plaque builds up in the artery walls, it’s called coronary heart disease. This can set the stage for a heart attack.
5. An American has a heart attack roughly every 34 seconds. Roughly 15 percent of people who have a heart attack will die from it.
6. People who smoke are up to four times more likely to develop coronary heart disease.
7. Heart disease in America cost more than $190 billion in 2008.
8. The first stent placed in a diseased coronary artery was put into a patient in 1986. These mesh tubes are now a common treatment for coronary heart disease, holding the artery open so blood can flow through it. A doctor can put them into place using a long tube inserted into a blood vessel, often in the groin.
9. Normally, the heart beats about 70 times per minute. As a result, your heart may beat more than 100,000 times a day. If your heart beats too slowly, it’s called bradycardia. If it’s too fast, it’s called tachycardia.
10. A serious heart ailment that can develop when people are upset or grieving is called “broken heart syndrome.” Another name for it “Takotsubo syndrome,” which gets its name from a Japanese fishing pot that one of the heart’s chambers seems to resemble during this ailment.
When you need a heart hospital in Thousand Oaks, consider Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. We provide a full range of heart care, from diagnosing heart problems to open heart surgery to cardiac rehabilitation. To find a Los Robles Hospital physician who specializes in heart care, contact Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center toll-free at (877) 888-5746.