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Heart pictures and information

This is the external


appearance of a
normal heart.The
epicardial surface is
smooth and
glistening.The
amount of epicardial
fat is usual.The left
anterior descending
coronary artery
extends down from
the aortic root to the
apex.

What causes the sound your heart makes?


When someone listens to your heart with a stethoscope the
sound is often described as - lub-dub lub-dub. The 1st heart
sound (lub) is caused by the acceleration and deceleration
of blood and vibration of the heart at the time of the closure
of the Tricuspid and Mitral Valves. The 2nd heart sound
(dub) is caused by the same acceleration and deceleration
of blood and vibrations at the time of closure of the Pulmonic
and Aortic Valves.

How may times does you


heart beat?
The average heartbeat is 72
times per minute. In the course
of one day it beats over
100,000 times. In one year the
heart beats almost 38 million
times, and by the time you are
70 years old, on average, it
beats 2.5 billion times!

Does your heart rate change as we age?


Everyone's pulse (average heart rate per minute) changes as we
age. Here is a chart of average pulse at different ages:
Age
Newborn
3 months
6 months
1 year
2 years
3 years
4 years
6 years
8 years
12 years
adult

Pulse
130
140
130
120
115
100
100
100
90
85
60 - 100

How much blood does your heart pump?


An average heart pumps 2.4 ounces (70 milliliters) per heartbeat. An
average heartbeat is 72 beats per minute. Therefore an average heart
pumps 1.3 gallons (5 Liters) per minute. In other words it pumps 1,900
gallons (7,200 Liters) per day, almost 700,000 gallons (2,628,000
Liters) per year, or 48 million gallons (184,086,000 liters) by the time
someone is 70 years old. That's not bad for a 10 ounce pump!

Heart muscle

Normal coronary artery