Wednesday, January 8, 2014

10 Things You May Not Know About Your Heart

1. Your Heart is a Pump.
2. Men and Women’s Hearts are Different
3. Your Heart is Not Red.
4. Your Heart is Not on the Left Side of Your Chest
5. A Bigger Heart is Not a Better Heart
 6. A Common Cold Can Damage Your Heart
 7. Your Heart Will Continue to Beat Even if it’s Removed From Your Body
8. Your Heart Cannot Fatigue
9. You Can Have a Heart Attack Without Having “Chest Pain
10. Emotions or Stress Can “Break Your Heart”

Emotions and stress can cause your body to release certain hormones that, under certain circumstances, can paralyze large portions of your heart. This is called “takotsubo’s cardiomyopathy” or “broken heart syndrome,” and primarily affects post-menopausal women. The stress that triggers this phenomenon can be the death of a loved one, the loss of money, a surprise party or even the fear of performing in public. Fortunately this syndrome is only temporary, and after supportive measures, heart function usually returns to normal.

10 Things You May Not Know About Your Heart