The average heart beats 72 times a minute, 100 000 times a day, 3 600 000 times a year and 2.5 billion times during the life. Be careful with it!
The heart is a hollow muscular organ with a size of a clenched fist. It supplies the entire body with blood and the even pumping of blood out of its holes allows the delivery of oxygen together with the red blood cells – erythrocytes, which are an integral part of the blood, and the nutrients to every cell in our bodies.
#1. Monday is a black day for heart attacks: about 20 percent more heart attacks occur on this day, probably because people are stressed and depressed about going back to work.
#2. The risk of a heart attack in the morning is higher by 40 percent, it was confirmed by the experts from Harvard. When we wake up, our body secretes adrenaline and other stress hormones, the pressure increases as well as the need for oxygen. The blood is also thicker and it is harder for the heart to pump it because we are partially dehydrated. All this affects the heart. How can you protect yourselves? When you wake up in the morning, give yourselves some time, after the alarm signal, to awake slowly in bed. If you do exercises in the morning, you should stretch well in order to avoid the additional stress to your heart.
#3. Do you look for a recipe for a strong and healthy heart? Follow the Mediterranean diet and do exercises regularly, advise the Canadian experts from the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Subjects who did exercises regularly according to the requested program and ate in the “Mediterranean style” reduced the size of their waist by eight centimeters, lowered the systolic blood pressure for six mm of mercury and improved their exercising condition for 15 percent in the first nine months of the research.
#4. Aristotle taught that the heart is the source of intelligence, and the main purpose of the brain is to cool our blood. Ancient Egyptians believed that the heart can move in the body.
#5. It is not in vain that they say the women’s hearts are different from men’s hearts. Namely, the heart of a woman beats about ten percent faster than the heart of a man, or in other words, 78 times per minute, compared to 70 “male” beats.
#6. Maybe it is a strange advice by the cardiologists, but laughter is indeed the best medicine. Just 15 minutes of laughter can have the same effect on the vascular health as half an hour of aerobic exercises.
#7. Have a good night’s sleep because the lack of sleep increases the pressure, makes you nervous, increases the stress, the appetite, slows down the metabolism and it affects our mood.
Before going to sleep you should let fresh air in the room, even in winter, and make sure to remove all distractions – books, newspapers, television and mobile phones. The bedroom is for – sleeping!
#8. People who want to have a healthy heart and make sure to blow higher number of candles on a birthday cake, should have dogs. Namely, the man’s best friend can help to lower the risk of developing heart diseases, and at the same time to have a positive effect on the reduction of obesity, high blood pressure (hypertension) and cholesterol.
#9. Forget the artificial respiration if you see someone experiencing a cardiac arrest or a heart attack. The experts say that the best solution is continuous chest compressions (CPR).
“If you try to achieve a massage of one hundred compressions per minute, even if you have not done it perfectly, you have the greatest chance to achieve maximum blood flow,” explained Dr. Karl Kern, a researcher in the Sarver Heart Center of Tucson and one of the pioneers of this method. In this technique you do not check the pulse of a person, you do not clean their airway or perform mouth-to-mouth.
#10. The average heart beats 72 times a minute, 100 000 times a day, 3 600 000 times a year and 2.5 billion times during the life. Be careful with it!