Wednesday, February 29, 2012


In the late night hours last Saturday and in the early morning hours Sunday, Janet got a new heart. She had been waiting patiently in the hospital for weeks and finally her turn had come. The heart is a phenomenal muscle. It weighs only 9-11 ounces. The average heartbeat is about 72 beats per minute. Over the course of an average lifespan, it will beat some 3 billion times pumping blood through a 60,000 mile long system of vessels.

To the surprise of some, more women die each year from heart disease than men and more women die from heart disease than from all deaths of cancer combined. Yet some still fail to give the heart much thought. Some take it for granted until a crushing pain in the chest causes one to drop to their knees. There are other symptoms and they can vary for male and female. The American Heart Association celebrates the heart in February. By visiting the website of AHA you might find some good tips to help your heart beat and beat and beat. Exercise is one. Take care of your heart!