It's the hardest working muscle, and so you must take care of it
24 September 2019| Last updated on 13 January 2020
Did you know? The heart is about the size of a person's fist and weighs approximately 300 grams...
In an effort to raise awareness of cardiovascular diseases and the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, Mediclinic Middle East has curated interesting content for you about the hardest working muscle in the body; the heart organ.
If you are wondering how it functions, how to stay active, how to eat healthily just read on...
Your heart beats around 100,000 times per day to nourish the body with oxygen and nutrients. It's the pump of the body, and never takes any rest. As a result, it's imperative you take care of it.
The heart is the hardest working muscle in a human’s body, pumping approximately five litres of blood per minute. It supplies the entire body with oxygen and nutrients and helps to remove waste products such as carbon dioxide.
There are a number of risk factors that increase the chances of developing coronary heart disease, some of which cannot be changed and some which may be improved with lifestyle and treatment.
Risk factors you can change or improve:
- High blood pressure
- Undesirable cholesterol levels in your blood
- Being overweight/obese
- Sedentary lifestyle
Risk factors you cannot change:
- Being 45 years and older for men, 55 years and older for women
- Having a close family history of early heart disease
:: For more information about how your heart functions, how to stay active, what healthy foods to eat and recipes, please visit Mediclinic's official website here.