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Our aim is to help people live healthier, happier and longer lives, not just through the treatment and cure of heart disease, with prevention too. This means helping you to help your heart as well as those around you. 
After all, your heart is amazing:

  • Your heart beats over 100,000 times every day, pumping blood around your body so your cells get the oxygen and nutrients they need.  It's specially designed to do this job and respond to your body's needs, like when you walk up the stairs or run for the bus
  • In a day, your heart pumps around 7,200 litres of blood, enough to fill a small paddling pool
  • Your heart muscle makes your blood travel 19,000 km everyday - the same distance as flying from London to Hong Kong and back
  • By the age of 70, your heart will have beaten over two and a half billion times (2,500,000,000 - that's a lot of zeros)
  • In a lifetime, your heart expends the same energy it would take to lift a battleship out of the water – not bad for a muscle about the size of your fist
  • On average, an adult heart beats around 70 times a minute.  The hummingbird holds the record for the fastest heart beat: 1,200 beats a minute as it flaps its wings

Our hearts are special and often slip into our conversations, like when saying someone has 'a heart of gold', getting to 'the heart of the matter'; being 'light-hearted' or having a 'change of heart'.

HRUK's favourite is 'having your heart in the right place' which, of course, should be first place because your heart works hard for you. Make sure you visit the How to look after your Heart section to find out how to give it the best.

Unfortunately, like most parts of the body, things can sometimes go wrong with your heart. You can find out more about heart disease and what puts you more at risk of it in our Heart in Trouble section.

Remember, it's your heart, it's amazing and it's up to you to look after it.