February is National Heart Month!

national heart monthHappy National Heart Month!

Donors with diverse blood types are greatly needed to help save lives. This February, we hope you will make it a point to find it in your heart to donate.

For National Heart Month this year, we’re giving the heart the credit it deserves for all it does for our well-being. Did you know your heart pumps an average of five quarts of blood through your body every MINUTE? This amounts to about 2,000 gallons of blood every day!

More interesting facts about the heart:

1. An adult’s heart is approximately the size of two hands clasped together.

2. A healthy heart beats about 70 times per minute.

3. Eating dark chocolate reduces your risk of heart disease by one third.

4. Your left lung is smaller than your right to make room for your heart.

5. A woman’s average heartbeat is faster than a man’s by about eight beats per minute.

6. Every day, the heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles.

7. The layers of cells and protein that make up the cornea do not receive blood from the heart.

8. On average, your heart beats 100,000 times a day.

9. People can perform CPR to the beat of “Stayin’ Alive” (or any other song with 100 to 120 beats a minute).

10. During your lifetime, your heart pumps nearly five billion barrels of blood.

Since everyone needs blood pumping through their hearts to stay alive, we hope you’ll find it in your heart to make a blood donation before the end of the month. Better yet, organize a blood drive at your school or place of employment.

 

 

Source: American Heart Association

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