Appearing in over 1,000 love songs, the face of Valentine’s Day, the Tom Cruise of body parts, let’s give a warm welcome to the Heart! (APPLAUSE)
Our heart isn’t just hype, it has gained rockstar status for good reason. By the time you finish reading this it will have pumped out around 15 quarts of blood through tiny blood vessels that average 60,000 MILES. Are you reading that right? Yes. Yes you are.
Heart health is crucial for a long, quality life. Bernard (what a trooper!) has let us take a look at his to gain a better understanding of how this all works. Here are some facts and tips on what you can do to treat your heart as well as it treats you.
How It Works
Our heart is an impressive pump that takes oxygen from the lungs and distributes it into our blood. The freshly oxygenated blood delivers oxygen to our cells as it circulates through the body. Deoxygenated blood travels back to the heart for a fresh dose of oxygen and the cycle repeats. Why is this important? Because our cells are just like us, they need oxygen for energy.
The heart has four valves - mitral and tricuspid, aortic and pulmonary. These valves miraculously open and close about once per heartbeat to regulate blood flow - hence that thumping sound your heart makes.
When comparing male and female hearts: female hearts not only beat faster, they're smaller, have more sensitive veins, are less durable in a heart attack, has more palpitations, and is more sensitive to side effects. So what’s good about it? A woman’s veins are surprisingly more resilient against heart disease.
Maintain a low stress lifestyle. High-blood pressure weakens the veins, causing them to clot, rupture or leak. Breaks are not only mentally healthy, they’re physically crucial.
If you have a normal blood pressure, limit alcohol consumption. Drinking temporarily raises blood pressure but will have long term effects if it gets excessive. If you have high blood pressure, stop drinking now.
Up for more Bernard's Body Series? Learn about his Brain, Liver, Lungs, and Stomach next!