10 Fascinating Facts About Your Heart

  1. How many times does a heart beat during the day?
    On average, an adult’s heart beats:
    72 times a minute
    100,000 times a day
    36,000,000 times a year
  2. What is the weight of the human heart?
    A healthy heart only weighs 11 ounces on average and can pump 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels each day.


  3. How much energy does the human heart generate?
    In a lifetime, the human heart has the power to create enough energy to drive a truck to the moon and back.

  4. How does blood get distributed through the body?
    5% goes to the heart
    20% goes to the brain and central nervous system
    22% goes to the kidneys

  5. How many cells receive blood?
    75 trillion cells receive blood pumped from the heart.

  6. Is the human heart a powerful muscle?
    During a lifetime, the human heart generates 2.5 gigajoules of energy, making it the muscle that does the most physical work.

  7. Which heart beats faster? Man or woman?
    A woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s:
    Woman: 78 beats per minute.
    Man: 70 beats per minute.

  8. Does lack of sleep affect the human heart?
    Prolonged lack of sleep can cause irregular jumping heartbeats called premature ventricular contractions (PVCs).

  9. How fast does blood travel through the human body while resting?
    When the body is at rest, it takes the blood:
    6 seconds to go from the heart to the lungs and back.
    8 seconds to go to the brain and back.
    16 seconds to reach the toes and travel all the way back to the heart

  10. Do all organs receive blood?
    The corneas are the only parts of the body that receive no blood supply from the heart. Since they don’t have blood vessels, they get nutrients via tears and aqueous humor.

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