Things you Never Knew About Your Heart
The human body is made up of trillions of cells and nearly a dozen major body systems that help the body function. Each system is unique, but today we would like to particularly focus on the circulatory system and the organ that makes it function: the heart. The heart combined with inventions like a safer left atrial appendage occlusion can reduce risk of stroke for victims of atrial fibrillation.
Why The Heart is Amazing
The human heart is nothing short of amazing. We did a post on the heart a month ago, but we would like to revisit what makes the heart unique and how it sustains life. The heart is about the size of a large fist. That relatively small organ is the first functional organ to form in an embryo at four weeks old. Once the heart begins beating, it will continue to beat all the way up to the death of the individual. You can try to imagine how many times the heart beats in the lifespan of someone who lives to be 80, or even 100! It’s estimated that the heart beats 2.5 billion times in the average lifetime, or 100,000 times a day.
The Heart Pumps Large Amounts of Blood
To date, scientists and biomedical engineers have been unable to replicate what the heart does naturally. No man made material can expand and contract the number of times the heart does without wearing out or breaking. The volume of blood circulated by the heart is significant as well. The heart pumps a massive amount of blood in a lifetime. Reportedly you would have to run your kitchen faucet at full blast for 45 years to equal the amount of blood circulated by the heart in a lifetime.
The Heart Powers Itself
The heart expands and contracts using electrical impulses that it creates itself. In theory, the heart would continue beating outside of the body if it had enough oxygen to stay alive. Your heart has four valves that open and close to let blood come into the heart and then exit. The ‘thump, thump’ heard is actually the four valves opening and closing in quick succession.
Take Care of Your Heart
There is a tremendous amount of strain put on the heart over a lifetime. That is why it is important to keep the heart healthy and strong through good eating habits and exercise. Some conditions arise like atrial fibrillation that cause abnormal heart rhythms. Know your heart and see a doctor regularly! The safer left atrial appendage occlusion from Coherex will minimize the inherent risks of stroke that arise from atrial fibrillation.