During an average lifetime, the human heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times. Circulating blood through the body's network of more than 60,000 miles of vessels, the heart will pump roughly one million barrels of blood over the course of an average lifetime.
Be good to your heart and celebrate “One World, One Home, One Heart” this September 29 by taking responsibility for your own heart health, and spreading the message to others. Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day aims to raise awareness for global heart health. Heart disease and strokes are the leading cause of death around the world. At least 80% of premature deaths from these diseases are avoidable if the main risk factors are controlled.
Heart 1: Transplant helps students understand the workings and anatomy of the heart and learn about new medical techniques that help people live longer, healthier lives. Heart 2: Changing Lifestyles and Heart Health examines and evaluates changes in diet and lifestyle from prehistoric to modern times and how these differences have spurred the development (and better treatment) of heart disease. Wake-Up Call uses a case study to teach about the risk factors and symptoms of a heart attack and the physiological changes that happen once artery blockage occurs.
Obesity: The Science Inside explores health problems associated with being overweight, including risks to the heart. The tool High Blood Pressure: The Science Inside, helps students understand how high blood pressure is a leading risk factor for heart disease and strokes. Hear how a heartless worm may help scientists figure out why some potentially useful drugs cause a mysterious and deadly heart reaction in Hearts and Worms. The Science Update Gum and Heart Disease investigates the connection between gum disease and heart disease.