Heart Beats – Some Facts and Statistics

Heart Beats – Some Facts and Statistics

Heart Beats – Some Facts and Statistics

Heart Beats – Some Facts and Statistics

With people across the UK having just celebrated the most romantic day of the year, Valentines day, we would like to draw your attention to the true heart of the matter – the heart itself!

Whilst the source of many clichés, here are a few facts to get you thinking a little differently about the heart:

  • The average adult’s heart is a similar size to a clenched fist and weighs approximately 300 grams. This is actually quite small when you compare it to a blue whale, whose heart weighs around 680 kg!
  • The average adult heart beats 72 times a minute; 100,000 times a day; 3,600,000 times a year; and 2.5 billion times during a lifetime.
  • A healthy heart pumps approximately 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels every day. 1 tap would have to be turned on full for 45 consecutive years to equal the amount of blood pumped by the heart in an average lifetime!
  • Every time the heart beats, it produces between 1-5 watts of energy. In a lifetime, that adds up to around 2.5 gigajoules, creating enough power to drive a truck to the moon and back.

Heart Beats

  • The average male’s heart beats at around 70 beats per minute, whilst a female’s heart beats a bit faster at around 78 beats per minute.
  • If you grab a tennis ball and squeeze it tightly, that’s how hard the heart has to work to pump blood around the body.
  • In 1926, the first ever pacemaker was invented! However, there was just one small catch… it had to be plugged in to work.
  • In 1929, German surgeon Werner Forssmann examined the inside of his own heart by threading a catheter into his arm vein. This was the first cardiac catheterisation, a now common procedure.
  • In 1967, South African Dr. Christiaan Barnard transplanted a human heart into the body of Louis Washansky. Although Louis only lived for 18 days after the procedure,
    it is considered the first successful heart transplant.
  • After cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces someone’s chance of survival by 10%.

All our courses cover how to recognise a deal with a Heart Attack casualty. 

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