Keeping the heart healthy is one of the most important things we can do for Active Wellness. Since February is American Heart Month, here are a dozen interesting but possibly rarely known facts about this life-giving organ of the body.
- An electrical system controls the rhythm of the heart. It is called the cardiac conduction system.1
- The earliest known case of heart disease was identified in the remains of a 3,500-year-old Egyptian mummy.2
- Most heart attacks happen on a Monday.3
- The number of heart attacks peaks on Christmas Day, followed by December 26th and New Year’s day.4
- The beating sound of your heart is caused by the valves of the heart opening and closing.5
- It is actually possible to have a broken heart. It 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.6
- Your heart beats around 100,000 times a day.7
- Your heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood a day.8
- Arteries are only about four millimeters in diameter, so it doesn’t take too much of those fatty, greasy foods over the period of a decade or two to start clogging up the arteries, according to Johns Hopkins cardiologist Roger Blumenthal, M.D.9
- A woman’s average heartbeat is faster than a man’s by almost eight beats a minute.10
- Every cell in the body gets blood from the heart, except for the corneas.11
- When you laugh, the lining of your blood vessel walls relaxes and expands, This increases blood flow and serves to help reduce stress and boost the immune system. So, laughter is called “good heart medicine.”1
Although Valentine’s Day has come and gone, it’s not too late to give the precious gift of heart health with the V-Day Promo Pack from Nikken! It contains one bottle of Kenzen® Bergisterol® capsules and one jar of Kenzen® Super Ciaga® powder, a dynamic duo for the heart. And, if you hurry, you will also receive the value-added Kenko® Heart Set, while supplies last. The V-Day Promo Pack is available through February 28th.