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10 Fascinating Facts About Your Heart

Fact #1

Your heart beats about 100 000 times in one day. 1 In an average lifetime, the human heart will beat more than 2,5 billion times. 1

Fact #2

The adult heart is the same size as your hands clasped together. 2

Fact #3

The heart does the most physical work of any muscle during a lifetime. 4

Fact #4

Your heart pumps about 7 200 litres of blood per day3 Enough to fill about 50 bathtubs5

Fact #5

The heart begins beating at 4 weeks after conception. 2

Fact #6

Heart cancer is very rare, because heart cells stop dividing early in life. 6

Fact #7

A woman’s heart typically beats faster than a man’s2 The average heart rate of a man is 70 beats per minute and a woman is 78 beats per minute. 4

Fact #8

Regular exercise is the single most important key to heart health. And it is free! 2

Fact #9

The beating sound is the clap of the heart valves opening and closing. 2

Fact #10

The heart pumps the blood in your body 19 000 km per day3 The same distance as flying from Johannesburg to London and back again! 6


1. American Heart Association. Heart, How It Works. [Online] [cited 2017 Dec 18]. Available from: URL: 2. Cleveland Clinic. 21 Facts About Your Heart. [Online] 2015 Nov 17 [cited 2017 Dec 18]. Available from: URL: 3. Heart Research UK. About your heart. [Online] [cited 2017 Dec 18]. Available from: URL: 4. Dr Mercola. 11 Fascinating Facts About the Human Heart Infographic. [Online] [cited 2017 Dec 18]. Available from: URL: 5. Cape Town Green Map. Baths, showers, geysers, taps and washing machines. . [Online] [cited 2017 Dec 18]. Available from: 6The flight distance from Johannesburg, South Africa to London, United Kingdom. . [Online] [cited 2017 Dec 18]. Available from:,+South+Africa/to/London,+United+Kingdom.

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