Heart Healthy

Heart Healthy

Our wonderful hearts are what keep us alive and kicking. Hearts are filled with love and most importantly…blood! Here are some fun facts about your heart that you may not know!

The average heart is the size of a fist in an adult. On average your heart will beat about 115,000 times each day and pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood to your organs and tissues each and every day. Our cars are not the only things in our lives with electric systems, our hearts are also controlled by an electric system, called the cardiac conduction system. Nifty!

Many of you have seen movies where a beating heart is ripped from the body still beating... Hollywood has a way of dramatizing things! However, most people don’t know that the heart CAN continue beating even when it’s disconnected from the body.

Western medicine has been criticized for treating symptoms and not the cause of disease. Today’s doctors have been able to utilize state of the art surgical techniques that have saved thousands of lives. Many do not know this but in 1893 Daniel Hale Williams, performed the first open-heart surgery. He was one of the few black cardiologists in the United States at the time.

Fast forward 60 years and doctors implanted the first working pacemaker. In fact, Arne Larsson, who received the pacemaker, lived longer than the surgeon who implanted it. Larsson died at 86 of a disease that was completely unrelated to his heart. The youngest person to receive heart surgery was only a minute old. She had a heart defect that many babies don’t survive. Her surgery was successful, but she’ll eventually need a heart transplant. 

A wise man once said that if you know where you have been then you know where you are going. We learned recently that the earliest known case of heart disease was identified in the remains of a 3,500-year-old Egyptian mummy!

There are no good days to have a heart attack but it might not surprise you that most heart attacks happen on a Monday. However, what may surprise you is that Christmas Day is the most common day of the year for heart attacks to happen. Wierddd.

Guys may seem less likely to be lovey dovey but facts don’t lie. The human heart weighs less than 1 pound. However, a man’s heart, on average, is 2 ounces heavier than a woman’s heart. I wonder if it is because a woman’s heart beats slightly faster than a man’s heart.

Everyone at some point has been to see the doctor and had a stethoscope listen to the beating of they’re heart. Did you know that the beating sound of your heart is caused by the valves of the heart opening and closing?

For all of you who have sworn that they have experienced a real broken heart and even physical pain from a bad breakup… you weren’t going crazy. It IS possible to have a broken heart. It’s called broken heart syndrome and can have similar symptoms as an actual heart attack. The difference is that a heart attack is from heart disease and broken heart syndrome is caused by a rush of stress hormones from an emotional or physical stress event. So next time you or a friend are looking for the cure for a broken heart, remember to find a way to laugh.. lol easier said than done but Laughing is good for your heart. It reduces stress and gives a boost to your immune system!

Did you know that the iconic heart shape as a symbol of love is traditionally thought to come from the silphium plant, which was used as an ancient form of birth control?!

Have you ever heard an old timer say that he or she has a lot of miles on their heart? Well, I guess we all do! If you were to stretch out your blood vessel system, it would extend over 60,000 miles!

With all the fun facts out of the way. It's time for the real NEWS. Leading scientists and doctors across the globe are now agreeing that heart disease can not only be prevented and halted. Due to revolutionary new evidence, we can finally say that through utilizing a plant-based diet, high in green cruciferous vegetables and fruits and eliminating dairy and animal fats and animal proteins, we can REVERSE heart disease. Don’t believe anyone when they say that heart disease is hereditary. Dietary choices are exactly that, CHOICES. What you may be confusing with heredity are following the same dietary choices as our parents and families. Unfortunately for most Americans that means adopting a diet high in simple carbs, dairy, meat and processed nutrient-deficient foods that will inevitably cause heart disease and other disease. We are what we eat! Choose a vibrant, strong and blessed life. Choose Boku.