Heart – What Hardly Anyone Knows

  1. Where it all starts

At the beginning of a pregnancy, many women don’t even know about their luck. The tiny heart of the embryo is already beating! It develops from the 3rd week of pregnancy and usually strikes for the first time towards the end of the 5th week. At this point, the embryo is just two millimetres in size.

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  1. The Powerful Pump

When fully grown, the heart is about the size of a man’s fist. When fully grown, the heart is about the size of a man’s fist. It pumps five to six liters of blood through the body every minute in order to be able to supply it with sufficient supply. In the course of a lifetime, this adds up to 200 million liters!

  1. Around the Equator

A network of blood vessels runs through the entire body, supplying each cell with oxygen and nutrients. If you were to put all the vessels of an adult human being together, you would get a length of over 100,000 kilometres. You could wrap it around the equator about three times.

  1. False Heart Attack

In some people, traumatic events cause the so-called “broken heart syndrome”. It manifests itself like a heart attack, but it is not. It is not yet clear why this is the case. Presumably, stress hormones play a role in this. However, particularly joyful events such as a birth, a wedding or a jackpot win can also trigger heart attack-like symptoms: This is then called “happy heart syndrome”.

  1. Men’s Hearts vs Women’s Hearts

Men are generally more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases. Nevertheless, women die from them more often. They have a worse prognosis for valvular heart disease, arrhythmia, and insufficiency. Men, on the other hand, have worse cards when it comes to acute infarctions and ischemic heart disease. Together, however, men and women have a better chance of staying healthy: Studies show that people living in relationships have a lower risk of heart attacks.

  1. Relationship helps the heart

It is not yet clear why committed partnerships reduce the risk to the heart. However, other social contacts also seem to have a positive effect: A study was able to show that community service with adolescents lowers the level of the stress hormone cortisol and inflammatory processes in the helper’s body. This increases the chance of being spared from heart disease.

  1. Sun for your heart

When the sun is shining from the sky, most people immediately feel a little better: sunlight is good for the soul. And for the heart! Studies have shown that fewer people die of a heart attack or stroke in summer than in winter. Just 20 minutes of sunbathing is enough to lower the risk. The rays can lower blood pressure and thus save some people’s lives.

  1. Avoid Fatty Foods

Eggs – especially their high cholesterol content – have long been considered risky for the heart. Studies now prove: One egg a day does no harm! If you want to protect your heart, it is better to moderate your consumption of high-fat meats, sausages and bacon. It contains saturated fatty acids. They increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood more than cholesterol that is ingested directly with food.

Heart health in the UAE

In the UAE, heart health is a significant concern due to the lifestyle factors such as sedentary behaviour, high prevalence of diabetes and prevalence of unhealthy dietary habits. The DHA and health authority has made efforts to encourage regular screenings and preventive measures playing a crucial role in maintaining heart health of lives in the UAE. In addition, Dubai authorities promote physical fitness and activities for its residents.