With Every Heartbeat: Test Your Heart Smarts

Do you know how hard your heart works every day? Test your knowledge: (Answers are below) 

How long would a kitchen faucet need to run full blast to equal the amount of blood your heart pumps in a lifetime? 

How much energy does your heart create on a daily basis? Enough energy to drive a truck ____ miles!

How fast does the heart pump blood through your aorta?

How much blood does your heart pump in a lifetime? Nearly ____ million barrels – enough to fill 200 train tank cars! 


Answers: 
 A kitchen faucet would need to run 45 years full blast to equal the amount of blood your heart pumps in a lifetime.
Every day your heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles.
Your heart pumps blood through the aorta at about 1 mile per hour. The pace slows to 43 inches per hour by the time it reaches the capillaries.
In a lifetime your heart pumps 1.5 million barrels — enough to fill 200 train tank cars.

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