UPDATED: Mar 26, 2020
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When we picture a heart, many of us see the typical Valentine’s Day card made out of bright red construction paper or we think of the red heart pulsating from an infatuated cartoon character’s chest. The funny thing is the heart is not really red. Your heart itself is brown and darker than the blood it pumps. The surface of your heart has abundant deposits of fat which make it appear yellow. Not everyone knows this little tidbit about their most vital organ. Below are more heart facts you may not be aware of.
We were taught as children to place our right hand or over our heart, on the left side of our chest, when we say the pledge of allegiance. This must mean that the heart is on the left side of your body, does it not? The truth is we really should be placing our hand over the center of our chest, because that’s where the heart is located. Your heart is in middle of your chest, in between your right and left lung. It is tilted slightly to the left, however, which may be where hand placement during the allegiance stemmed from.
Differences of the Heart
Men’s hearts and women’s hearts are not the same. The outward appearance of a man’s heart is identical to that of a woman’s heart, but there are some subtle differences. An average man’s heart weighs ten ounces, and a woman’s heart weighs only eight ounces. Women’s hearts make up for their smaller size by beating a little faster. The average heart rate of a man is 70 beats per minute, and that of a woman is 78 beats per minute.
Bigger Doesn’t Mean Better
Although having a big heart is considered a great quality personality wise, it is not a great quality health wise. Having an enlarged or overly muscular heart can be a health hazard. An average healthy heart weighs less than one pound and is roughly the size and shape of your clenched fist. A healthy heart is lean and efficient rather than strong and bulky.
The Beat Goes On
You know that scene in Indiana Jones’s Temple of Doom where a man’s heart is torn from his chest but continues to beat outside of his body? As Hollywood as this sounds, it is possible for your heart to beat independently from your body. Your heart has its own electrical system that causes it to beat. As long as your heart continues to receive oxygen, it will continue to beat, even without you.
It is important to keep a healthy heart, not only for quality of life purposes but for term life insurance purposes as well. A healthy heart means lower monthly premiums. Let your term life insurance broker know if you have existing health conditions and they will assist you in choosing the best life insurance company for you.