The heart is a hollow muscle that pumps blood throughout the blood vessels by repeated, rhythmic contractions. It is found in all animals with a circulatory system (including all vertebrates).
The term cardiac (as in cardiology) means "related to the heart" and comes from the Greek καρδιά, kardia, for "heart".
The vertebrate heart is principally composed of cardiac muscle and connective tissue. Cardiac muscle is an involuntary striated muscle tissue found only in this organ and responsible for the ability of the heart to pump blood.
The average human heart, beating at 72 beats per minute, will beat approximately 2.5 billion times during an average 66 year lifespan. It weighs approximately 250 to 300 grams (9 to 11 oz) in females and 300 to 350 grams (11 to 12 oz) in males.
Famous quotes containing the word heart:
“O Mary, canst thou wreck his peace,
Wha for thy sake wad gladly die?
Or canst thou break that heart of his,
Whase only faut is loving thee?”
—Robert Burns (17591796)
“With steady eye on the real issue, let us reinaugurate the good old central ideas of the Republic. We can do it. The human heart is with usGod is with us. We shall again be able not to declare, that all States as States, are equal, nor yet that all citizens as citizens are equal, but to renew the broader, better declaration, including both these and much more, that all men are created equal.”
—Abraham Lincoln (18091865)
“It is the heart which perceives God and not the reason. That is what faith is: God perceived by the heart, not by the reason.”
—Blaise Pascal (16231662)