Sea Sick: Think you’re heart-smart? Take this quiz to find out

Feb 11, 2019 by Keith Murray

When you think of February most people think of Valentine’s Day and the heart. But how much do you really know about your heart?

Test your knowledge with this little quiz. If you get a perfect score, please shoot me an email and let me know. If you do not do so well, you should consider scheduling an onboard training class and get CPR-certified.

Please share this little test with your crew, your friends and your family.


  • 1. Where is your heart located?
  • 2. How big is the average person’s heart?
  • 3. How much does the average human heart weigh?
  • 4. How many times does your heart beat per minute?
  • 5. How many times does your heart beat per day?
  • 6. How much blood does the heart pump per day?
  • 7. When was the first open-heart surgery performed?
  • 8. When was the first heart transplant successfully performed?
  • 9. On which day of the week do most heart attacks happen?
  • 10. What is the most common date of the year for heart attacks to happen?
  • 11. Whose heart beats faster, a man’s heart or a woman’s heart?
  • 12. Is a “broken heart” a real medical event or a myth?
  • 13. Can someone die from a broken heart, or broken heart syndrome?
  • 14. What does CPR stand for?
  • 15. Could CPR save your life if you are in cardiac arrest?
  • 16. How fast should your compressions be when performing CPR (compressions per minute)?
  • 17. What is the proper depth of compressions when performing CPR on an adult?
  • 18. When was CPR first performed?
  • 19. What song is it that both the American Heart Association and British Heart Association suggest using when performing CPR because its beat is the proper speed for compressions?
  • 20. Name at least three other songs with the same beat that would work while performing CPR.

Scroll down for the answers…..


  • 1. The heart is located between the right and left lungs, under the sternum, between the imaginary nipple line – behind and slightly left of the breastbone.
  • 2. A human heart is roughly the size of a large fist.
  • 3. The heart weighs  about 10-12 ounces (280-340 grams) in men and 8-10 ounces (230-280 grams) in women.
  • 4. An adult heart beats about 60-80 times per minute.
  • 5. The heart beats about 100,000 times per day (about 3 billion beats in a lifetime).
  • 6. Your heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood every day.
  • 7. The first open-heart surgery was performed in 1893.
  • 8. On Dec. 3, 1967, Louis Washkansky, age 53, received the first human heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • 9. Most heart attacks happen on a Monday.
  • 10. Christmas Day is the most common date of the year for heart attacks to happen.
  • 11. A woman’s heart beats slightly faster than a man’s heart.
  • 12. It is possible to have a broken heart. The medical term is called broken heart syndrome and often the symptoms are similar to a heart attack. Broken heart syndrome is caused by a rush of stress hormones from an emotional or physical stress event.
  • 13. Yes. Death from a broken heart, or broken heart syndrome, is possible, but very rare.
  • 14. CPR stands for cardio pulmonary resuscitation.
  • 15. CPR buys you time by moving blood, which carries oxygen to the brain, the heart and other parts of the body. But the shock from an AED is what gets the heart beating again.
  • 16. 100-120 compressions per minute, or about two compressions per second.
  • 17. Adults, 2-2.4 inches; children, 2 inches; babies, 1.5 inches.
  • 18. In 1891, Dr. Friedrich Maass performed the first equivocally documented chest compression in humans. Then in 1903, Dr. George Crile reported the first successful use of external chest compressions in human resuscitation.
  • 19. The song “Staying Alive” by the Bee Gees is 100 beats per minute – the proper speed for compressions.
  • 20. “Another one Bites the Dust” by Queen, “Dancing Queen” by ABBA,  “Cecilia” by Simon & Garfunkel, “Hard To Handle” by The Black Crowes, “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd, “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper,  “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce and Jay Z, “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga and Colby O’Donis, “Rumour Has It” by Adele, “Rock This Town” by Stray Cats, “Spirit In the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum, “Another Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd, and the kids song “Baby Shark.”

Please share this little test with your crew, your friends and your family and learn CPR.

EMT Keith Murray provides onboard CPR, AED and first-aid training as well as AED sales and service. His company can be found at Comments are welcome below.