- The heart beats about 2.5 billion times over the average lifetime, pushing millions of gallons of blood to every part of the body.
- Approximately 1 out of every 3 people who have heart attacks do not feel any chest pain. To learn more about heart attack symptoms, including some that will surprise you, take a look at this short but informative Heart Foundation article.
- Walking can improve your heart health, but not if you walk around car exhaust fumes and other pollutants. This short Harvard Medical School article, Walking for Fitness? Avoid Traffic-clogged Streets might surprise you.
- Since 1984, more women die of heart disease every year than men! This blog post Information on Women and Heart Disease provides information and links to several other related articles.
One other troubling fact – a recent study showed that in the US, if a person has a heart attack outside of the hospital and is treated by EMTs, only about 11% of the people survived! But if the heart attack was witnessed by bystanders who began CPR, over 31% survived! Knowing this, I am even more thankful that my husband was saved by the EMTs who came to our home in the country. But this statistic also makes me realize how important it is to know how to perform CPR. If you haven’t done so already, take a CPR class. You just might become somebody’s hero!
Check back next week for one more post on heart health.
To your good health!