Heart attacks are most likely to happen Monday mornings. Blood pressure and heart rates are up returning to work after a weekend off and the stress hormone cortisol peaks after waking up.

Heart disease and stroke costs the Canadian economy over $20.9 billion every year between prescription drugs and disability.

Poor diets and lack of physical activity are leading risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

Heart disease and stroke is responsible for 66,000 deaths each year in Canada according to 2015 report and claims 700,000 lives in the US, and 7.2 million worldwide.

A hearty laugh is good for the heart! Laughing is linked to healthy function of blood vessels.

A women’s heart beats faster than a man’s, averaging 78x per minute, a man’s heart beats on average 70x per minute

Squeeze a tennis ball tightly; this is an indication of how hard your heart works to pump blood.

The heart has its own electrical impulse; it can continue to beat even when it is separated from the body as long as it has adequate oxygen.

Your heart starts beating as early as 4 weeks from conception and keeps going for as long as you are alive.

Your heart muscle is the hardest working muscle in your body.

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, described as the size of a garden hose; whereas capillaries are so small that it would take 10 to be the same thickness of a single hair strand.

The sound of your heart beat is made by the 4 heart valves as they open and close.

The electrocardiograph (ECG) was invented in 1902 by physiologist Willem Einthoven. It is still used to this day to evaluate heart rate and rhythm.

Up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable.

The leading cause of hospitalization in Canada is heart disease and stroke.

9 in 10 Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke.

Blood is about 78% water

Heart disease and stroke are two of the three leading causes of death in Canada.

Blood takes about 20 seconds to circulate throughout the entire vascular system

About the size of your fist, the average adult male heart is about 25% heavier than the average adult female heart (10 ounces to 8 ounces).