While the human heart is typically the size of a fist, the blue whale has the world’s biggest heart. While some claim it to be bigger than the size of a small golf cart or a VW Beetle car, it is actually as big as a Harley-Davidson or a small piano! Being the largest mammal to have ever lived, the blue whale is the proud owner of some of the record-breaking internal organs. Aorta, a major blood vessel for the heart, can accommodate a crawling child inside it. An adult heart is anywhere between 250−350 grams in comparison to the weight of a blue whale heart which is around 200 kilograms. The weight of a blue whale’s heart is around 640 times as much as a human’s heart. A 200-kilogram heart of a 2000-kilogram creature is still pretty big. What would happen when the heart enlarges? It’s terrible to even just imagine it!
Cardiomyopathy is a deadly human disease wherein the heart muscle becomes enlarged, thick or rigid affecting the heart’s efficiency to pump blood around the body. In worst scenarios, the heart becomes weaker and cannot function properly resulting most probably in heart failure. Diabetes, severe obesity, high blood pressure and prolonged alcohol consumption are some common risk factors of cardiomyopathy. The best way to fight this deadly disease is by making a few tactical lifestyle modifications. This includes quitting smoking, losing excess weight, avoiding alcohol, minimizing stress, eating healthy food, sleeping peacefully and getting enough rest. Visit the website www.firsteatright.com to know more on cardiomyopathy and the healthy diet plans that can come to your rescue in preventing the disease.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.