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iii) Qalb, the pump

I’ve said that the heart has been viewed as merely a pump, but recent studies and developments have shown otherwise. This does not mean that it’s just an “ordinary” pump, it’s amazing. (This post will concentrate wholly on science) 

The average heart rate is about 70 beats per minute that would be around 100,000 times a day, 37 million times a year; it beats consistently non-stop throughout your entire physical existence.  According to the World Bank life expectancy in the US is around 78 years, this means over a lifetime it would have undergone 2,847,000,000 beats. Subān’Allāh. How amazing is that? I cannot think of any man made machine that is as efficient as that, nothing. It pumps two gallons of blood per minute, (a gallon is about 4 litres)  over 100 gallons per hour. To put this into some kind of context, try to drink a litre of water in under a minute, it is incredibly difficult, or imagine physically moving all those gallons, you’d be exhausted, but the heart does this all, it continues beating. The blood that it pumps out is transported via the vascular system, this in itself is around 60,000 miles or 97,000 km long, that’s more than twice the circumference of the earth!

Lastly, you need your heart, but your heart does not need you. Sounds simple and obvious, yes, everyone needs a heart, but the heart does not actually need you, as I said before it is myogenic, so the contractions are self-initiating. If you took a heart right this very second and put it in the right conditions, it could start beating without the brain, body or any other organ, however if you got the most amazing athlete and took out his heart, he’d be nothing, nothing at all, just a collection of flesh, just dust.

I’m not sure what the next post will be about, but I think I will write a little about the heart and Mother-Child bond. 

Further reading:

How the Heart Works

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