Which are working harder: your heart muscles when you’re sitting down or your quadriceps muscles during a full sprint?
If you guessed your heart, you’re right!
How Your Heart Works
Powered by electrical impulses, your heart contracts over 100,000 times a day. These contractions (felt as “beats”) pump blood through 60,000 miles of vessels to supply vital nutrients to your body.
What is Heart Disease?
Heart disease emcompasses any condition that affects your heart. These conditions can include defects that you’re born with, such as patent ductus arteriosis, or ones that appear throughout your life, such as atherosclerosis.
A Healthy Heart
An active, healthy lifestyle promotes a healthy heart. With regular exercise and a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, many forms of heart disease can be treated or prevented.
This February, expand your heart knowledge and raise awareness for heart disease by exploring your cardiovascular anatomy in 3D.