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February is Heart Month

posted Feb 13, 2012, 10:26 AM by Susan Young RDH

Gum Disease and Your Heart

Preventing gum disease may be good for your heart…

Research suggests gum disease may put you at increased risk of heart disease and stroke. In fact, according to some studies, the presence of gum disease could be a significant risk factor, comparable to smoking, family history and elevated cholesterol.

Did you Know?

  • The human heart weighs less than a pound.

  • The heart beats 100,000 times in one day.

  • Women hearts beat faster than men.

  • A kitchen faucet would need to be turned on all the way for at least 45 years to equal the amount of blood pumped by the heart in an average lifetime.

  • Every day, the heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles. In a lifetime, that is equivalent to driving to the moon and back

  • During an average lifetime, the heart will pump nearly 1.5 million gallons of blood—enough to fill 200 train tank cars.

  • Three years after a person quits smoking, there chance of having a heart attack is the same as someone who has never smoked before.

  • Laughing can be a great workout for your heart. Whenever you laugh, the blood flow in your heart is increased for up to 45 minutes, which in turn improves your heart health.


Our hearts can't survive without love or a healthy lifestyle!

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