Knowing your heart can improve your heart health

HVI – Heart Survey Quick Facts 2018

February 12, 2018

How much do you know about your heart health? Specifically, with the anatomy and function of this important organ? Do you understand how to care for your heart and lower your risk of heart disease?

Cleveland Clinic recently conducted a survey to find out just how much the average person knows about their heart. Of those who responded to the survey, nearly 60 percent said they know little or nothing about their heart and how to keep it healthy.

In recognition of National Heart Month 2018, here are some simple facts about the heart, and what you can do to keep your healthy.

Did you know?

  • Your heart beats 100,000 times a day, and pumps 1.5 gallons of blood every minute.
  • A woman’s average heartbeat is faster than a man’s by almost 8 beats per minute.
  • Heart disease is your greatest health threat. It is a greater danger than breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men.
  • Your heart is a sophisticated pump with two sides. The right side pumps blood into your lungs and the left side pumps it back into your body.
  • Every cell in the body (except the corneas) gets blood from the heart.
  • Your heart is about the size of two clasped hands, and a normal heart valve is about the size of a half dollar coin.
  • The beating sound of your heart is the clap of valve leaflets opening and closing.
  • The heart has its own electrical supply and will continue beating when separated from the body.
  • Women tend to have different symptoms from heart disease than men.

Keys to heart health

  • Regular exercise and a healthy diet are most important keys to heart health.
  • You can control your heart health through diet, exercise and managing stress.
  • Happiness and a strong sense of emotional vitality help to lower your risk of heart disease.
  • Smoking increases your risk of heart and vascular disease by 7 to 14 percent.

The survey showed that many men know more about their favorite sports team than their heart, and millennials are more interested in browsing Instagram than learning how to keep their heart healthy.  

The goal is to change this preference, because for Cleveland Clinic, providing the best heart care in the nation – as ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 23 consecutive years – is not enough. Cleveland Clinic wants to educate people about their heart and heart health. The more you know, the more you’ll be able to lower your risk for heart disease.

To learn more about what you can do to keep your heart healthy, visit  

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