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Ticker Tales: How much do you know about your heart, and how it works?

Here are a few fun facts to get you in touch with your ticker!

  • A normal heart beats 60 to 100 times per minute.
  • Your heart beats about 60 million times before you are born.
  • During the average lifetime, a heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times.
  • The human heart can generate enough pressure to squirt blood 30 feet.
  • Your heart is made up almost entirely of muscle, and is strong enough to lift 3,000 pounds, or a compact car.
  • The blood vessels your heart feeds are more than 60,000 miles long.
  • Exercise is one of the best ways to prevent heart disease and stroke, but only 3 in10 adults get the proper amount (at least 30 minutes a day, in at least 10-minute spurts).
  • Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine recently surveyed 1,933 people between the ages of 45 and 75 on these three heart-healthy benchmarks:
    • Cholesterol below 200 (untreated)
    • Blood pressure below 120/80 (untreated)
    • Fasting blood sugar below 100

Only 1.4 percent of the survey group met all three goals! How well do you think you’d do? Get a checkup and find out.

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