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Published on February 14th, 2017

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5 Things to Know About Your Heart for Valentine’s Day

Bethlehem, PA (02/14/2017) – It’s Valentine’s Day, the most popular day of the year as far as hearts go.

Plato theorized that passions originated in the “fiery” heart but that reasoning originated with the brain. And while it’s true that Valentine’s Day is usually dedicated to the romantic heart, St. Luke’s University Health Network offers some fascinating, well-reasoned facts about one of the body’s most essential parts:

  1. An adult heart is about the size of two hands clasped together.
  2. Though it weighs only about 11 ounces, a heart pumps two ounces of blood with every heartbeat, 1.5 gallons every minute and up to at least 2,500 gallons daily.
  3. A heart starts beating about 22 days after conception and continues until the end of life for an average of more than 100,000 beats each day and more than 3 billion beats during an average lifetime.
  4. A heartbeat is the sound of the heart’s four valves closing.
  5. A woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s by about eight beats per minute.

Visit St. Luke’s Heart & Vascular Center at heart.sluhn.org and click on Tips and Wellness for additional information on healthy heart living.

Source: factretriever.com and Cleveland Clinic.


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