“Top Ten” lists are very popular on the Web. I think it is partially because there is so much information out there that this becomes a way of prioritizing information. (Did it all start with David Letterman?)
I may be jaded, but I don’t find all of these facts “amazing” and especially not “the top ten.” (They did, at least, put in information that women’s hearts are not only different, but they heart attacks kill more women than men.)
It is news to me that horse’s hearts become entrained with human hearts. I look forward to being visited by a trained heart horse at my next hospital visit. (I suspect the Mayo Clinic, innovators that they are, will be among the first of hospitals to use horses in heart treatment. Giddyup.)
Spoiler warning: I have listed all ten “amazing facts” here, so that you don’t have to click through the pages at the original website. (Each page click give them more income.)(If you don’t believe me, try clicking through the pages or clicking on the ads in this Heartcurrents blog; I will let you know when I get rich and can write this blog full time.)
The heart is the universal symbol for love.
A broken heart can “break” the heart on a physiological level. (See a good review of this at www.myheartsisters.org)
The heart is a powerful pump that can beat 100,000 times a day.
Drinking wine helps the heart.
A “laugh attack” or “guffaw” helps the heart. (Prescription: Guffaw daily.)
An enlarged heart can signal underlying heart disease.
A horse’s heart rate mirrors the heart rate of the person touching them.
A red-spotted newt can “turn its cells back in time” and build new heart muscle
Heart attacks kill more women than men; women don’t have Hollywood heart attacks.
Regular sex reduces heart attack risk (note: this study may be flawed, but it at least is a damm good placebo effect.)