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14/02/2018

5 Fascinating Facts About the Human Heart


Today is Valentine’s Day and we thought we would celebrate by sharing five fascinating facts about our hearts. If your heart beats about 100,000 times in one day, we hope it gets to beat just a little bit more today.

Fact 1
Arne Larsson received the first implantable pacemaker in 1958. He lived longer than the surgeon who operated on him and died at the grand age of 86 (of a disease that was unrelated to his heart!).

Fact 2
On December 3, 1967 the first ever heart transplant was carried out.  The tricky operation took place in South Africa and was conducted by Dc. Christiaan Barnard. The patient survived for 18 days after the surgery. This even opened the doors to modern transplants which, nowadays, are carried out daily across the world. 

Fact 3
The heart can survive outside of a body if alimented with oxygen, however, the body cannot survive without a heart

Fact 4
The Blue Whale has the largest heart – weighing over 1,500 pounds.

Fact 5
A woman’s average heartbeat is faster than a man’s by almost 8 beats a minute.

Which fact did you think was the most surprising/interesting? If you do have other heart stories you would like to share, leave us a comment.
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