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By Damilola Faustino

Your heart is one of the most sensitive parts of your body. Besides the fact that it feels emotional pain (heartbreak), if the heart stops functioning, you are as good as dead. Here are some other fascinating things about your heart:

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Your heart beats about 100,000 times every day 

Every day, your heart beats about 100,000 times, sending 2,000 gallons of blood surging through your body. In an average lifetime, a heart will beat more than 2.5 billion times.

Women’s hearts beat faster than men’s hearts

Women are ahead of men when it comes to the human heart. According to research, a woman’s circadian rhythm runs between 1.7 and 2.3 hours, or eight beats per minute, ahead of her male counterparts. Hormonal differences between men and women are thought to be the reason women’s hearts beat faster.

Your heart pumps a great amount of blood

During your lifetime, your heart pumps more blood through your body than you can imagine. The amount of blood your hearts pumps over the course of your life is equal to kitchen faucet turned on full blast for 45 years.

Laughing can increase your heart’s blood flow

Laughter can improve the function of blood vessels, increase blood flow as well as boost your overall cardiovascular health. It gets your heart pumping and burns a similar amount of calories per hour as walking at a slow to moderate pace.

Your heart is your hardest working muscle

Your heart does the most physical work of any muscle. It is always pumping energy throughout your body. Even though your heart could weaken from certain conditions, it will never get tired.

Your heart is located in the centre of your chest

Quite a number of people think their heart is located on the left side of the chest. No, it is actually located in the centre of your chest. Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart.

Your heart doesn’t actually stop beating when you sneeze

The changing pressure in your chest after you sneeze changes your blood flow, which could change the rhythm of your heartbeat, but it doesn’t momentarily stop it.

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