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Heart health: get the facts

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Heart HealthKeep your heart healthy and it'll look after you! Here are five reasons why the heart is such a vital organ.

The what

The heart is a powerful muscle, roughly the same size as a fist. It is made up of four chambers (the left and right atria at the top; the left and right ventricles below).

The where

The heart is situated towards the middle of the chest, protected by the ribcage. It is tilted slightly to the left.

The when

It beats an amazing 100,000 times a day, every day.

The how

It pumps five litres of blood through the body. This is no mean feat considering that our veins and arteries amount to a cardiovascular system stretching 60,000 miles.

… and the why

Its job is to bring oxygen and nutrients to every tissue in the body via the bloodstream, while removing carbon dioxide and other waste products at the same time.

Further information

Visit the Healthy heart section within the benenden health website to learn more about your heart and keeping it healthy.

You will also find detailed information about the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease on the British Heart Foundation website.

Any members of benenden health who have questions and concerns about their health can call the 24-hour GP advice line to speak to a doctor.

 

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