The last blog spoke of the rise in heart disease and the lowering of life expectancy for the first time in 75 years. Also, how the change in lifestyles has been the major culprit of this problem. The negative change in lifestyles has led to the twin epidemics of diabetes and obesity, which play a major role in the upswing of not only heart disease, but many other dangerous conditions as well.
Today we want to present “5 Amazing Facts About The Heart”.
#1 The Blood vessels in the heart itself are most likely to clog.
This happens because of two key reasons, #1 the blood flows in two directions in many of the arteries, causing damage to the artery walls making it easier for plaque to stick and build up. #2 The heart arteries have many bends and branches making them prime targets for atherosclerosis.
#2 Nearly half of all heart attacks have no symptoms.
According to 2016 Wake Forest University study, no-symptom heart attacks occur more often in men, but are more deadly in women.
#3 The best food for hearts may be bananas.
In an analysis of studies involving 4 million people, bananas were linked to a 24% lower risk of coronary heart disease. But all produce helps, people who regularly ate fruits and vegetables had a 11% lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those who ate less produce.
#4 Spare parts for your heart may come from outer space.
In 2020 NASA sent cardiac stem cells into space for a study being done by Emory University. The study was to find out if the stem cells would become beating heart cells faster in zero-gravity. The stem cells became heart cells in only 3 weeks. The new heart cells are used to repair heart failure damage, researchers estimate that the repairs could require up to 150 million cells for each treatment.
#5 A great sport for your heart might require a racket.
A studied that tracked 80,306 individuals for 9-years found that tennis and badminton lowered the risk of cardiovascular heart disease by 59%. Swimming and aerobics lowered the risk by 41% and 36% respectively. A surprise result showed that distance running had much lower numbers, and some research suggested that it may even have a negative impact.