Your heart is a wondrous organ, beating around 100,000 times a day and filling your body with oxygen-rich blood. We all know it is approximately the size of a fist, and women’s hearts beat faster than men’s, but here are some more unusual facts about your heart and the things it can do.
It can beat when separated from the body.
Since the heart has its own electrical impulse, it is not regulated by the brain, but within the heart itself. Therefore, it can beat even when it’s separated from the body as long as it has an adequate oxygen supply.
Heart attacks peak around Christmas.
Oddly enough, the most wonderful time of the year is also the most common time of the year for heart attacks. Many factors contribute to this unfortunate truth, so take care of yourself during all the holiday preparations.
Heart cancer is rare.
Because heart cells stop dividing early in life, cancer-causing mutations are rare. Other cancers, however, can spread to your heart and chemotherapy can damage its tissue.
The only body part that doesn’t receive blood is the corneas.
Most tissues in the body contain blood vessels to receive nourishment and protect against infection, but the corneas are the only body part that lack blood vessels and therefore do not receive blood. Blood vessels in the corneas would compromise its transparency so they are nourished in other ways, such as from tear fluid.
Blood is actually a tissue.
It is thick because it’s made up of cells, and is roughly 80% water and 20% solid. It also contains hormones, fats, carbohydrates, proteins and gases.
Going up a shoe size could indicate a heart problem.
If your heart is not pumping correctly, your body will retain water. This causes swelling in the legs and feet, which can make your shoes not fit correctly. If you notice swelling and you need larger shoes, it’s a good idea to check in with your doctor.
Sneezing doesn’t stop your heart.
This is an old myth. When you sneeze, the blood flow back to the heart decreases. The heart rhythm adjusts to accommodate this, but the heart itself does not actually stop.
A bigger heart can indicate a problem.
Some people have bigger hearts than others — and physically speaking, this is not a good thing. This can indicate heart disease or high blood pressure, both of which can lead to heart failure, abnormal heart rhythm or other issues.
Your heartbeat changes based on music you’re listening to.
Have you noticed if you are stressed, music can calm you down? Studies have shown that listening to fast-paced music can increase your heart rate, while slow-paced music decreases it.
So there you have it — some unusual heart facts that prove your heart can do amazing things and keep you alive! Be sure to take care of your ticker for a long life. If you or a loved one think they may be experiencing heart issues, contact us today at the Fisher-Titus Snyder/White Heart & Vascular Center by calling 419-660-6946.