We often see hearts like drawn these don’t we? If we are asked to draw a heart this is the shape we would do.
Your heart is really a muscle.
It looks like this.
There are lots of muscles all over your body helping you move. But your heart is extra special because it sends blood to every bit of your body. It is a very strong muscle and is only the size of your fist.
The heart sits inside your chest, a little over to the left side. and works like a pump, or two pumps in one. The right side of your heart gets blood from the body and pumps it to the lungs where it picks up oxygen. The left side of the heart gets blood from the lungs and pumps it out to the body. How clever is that?
If you put your hand over your chest where your heart is you may be able to feel it beat, especially if you have been running about. The doctor can listen to your heart beating with their stethoscope.
The doctor may take your pulse which tells how many times your heart is beating without listening to your chest. You can find your pulse by lightly pressing on the skin on the inside of your wrist, just below the thumb.
Like the rest of our body, the heart keeps healthy when we eat lots of lovely fruit and vegetables, and keep sugary and fatty foods as occasional treats. All muscle keeps strong by being used and so running around games, playing sports and swimming is good for it. Smoking is not good for the heart and so, as you grow up remember that. Don’t let other people tell you that smoking is a fun thing to do. It will damage your heart even if you don’t notice it is.
I wonder, how many beats your heart is beating every minute right now?
I wonder if you can feel the beat of your heart in your fingers as you find the pulse on your wrist?
I wonder, what is your favourite vegetable to eat?
I wonder, what is your favourite running around game to play?