Heart Facts

Did You Know…?

  1. Electrical impulses in your heart muscle (the myocardium) are what cause your heart to beat.
  2. The heart beats an average of 100,000 times per day.
  3. In a 70-year lifetime, the average human heart beats more than 2.5 billion times.
  4. The adult heart pumps about five quarts of blood each minute and approximately 2,000 gallons each day.
  5. The entire human vascular (blood) system, including arteries, vein and capillaries, is more than 60,000 miles long.
  6. Blood is comprised mainly of water – about 78 percent.
  7. Blood takes about 20 seconds to circulate through the entire human body.
  8. An adult woman’s heart weighs about 8 ounces and a man’s heart weighs about 10 ounces.
  9. The normal size of an adult heart is a little larger than a clenched fist.
  10. The medical term for a heart attack is myocardial infarction.
  11. Coronary artery disease is the most common form of heart disease and the number one cause of death of both men and women in the United States.
  12. One in five females has some form of cardiovascular disease.
  13. Since 1984, more U.S. women have died each year of cardiovascular disease than men.
  14. In women, heart attacks tend to occur later in life and are more severe than in men.
  15. Women are more likely to die from their first heart attack than men.
  16. Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization in people older than 65.
  17. Heart failure usually affects the left side of the heart first.