About your heart

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We help people to live healthier, happier and longer lives.  We do this through research into the treatment and cure of heart disease and by promoting a healthy lifestyle to reduce your risk of heart disease - helping you to help your own heart as well as those around you.  

Your heart is amazing:

  • Beating over 100,000 times every day, pumping blood around your body so that your cells get the oxygen and nutrients they need 
  • Pumping around 7,200 litres of blood a day, enough to fill a small paddling pool
  • Making your blood travel 19,000 km everyday - the same distance as a return London to Hong Kong flight
  • Beating more than two and a half billion times (2,500,000,000 - that's a lot of zeros) by the time you reach your 70th birthday
  • Expending the same energy in a lifetime, that it takes to lift a battleship out of the water – not bad for a muscle about the size of your fist
  • Beating around 70 times a minute in the average adult.  Not quite a match for the hummingbird that holds the record for the fastest heart rate - 1,200 beats a minute as it flaps its wings.

Our hearts are special and our favourite saying is having your heart in the right place which, of course, should be first place.  Your heart works hard for you, so we will help you to look after it.