The aorta is the largest artery in the body, described as the size of a garden hose; whereas capillaries are so small that it would take 10 to be the same thickness of a single hair strand.
The sound of your heart beat is made by the 4 heart valves as they open and close.
The electrocardiograph (ECG) was invented in 1902 by physiologist Willem Einthoven. It is still used to this day to evaluate heart rate and rhythm.
Up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable.
The leading cause of hospitalization in Canada is heart disease and stroke.
9 in 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke.
Blood is about 78% water
Heart disease and stroke are two of the three leading causes of death in Canada.
Blood takes about 20 seconds to circulate throughout the entire vascular system
About the size of your fist, the average adult male heart is about 25% heavier than the average adult female heart (10 ounces to 8 ounces).