Heart Trivia: How Long Does It Take Blood To Circulate Through Your Vascular System?

Quick trivia for you…

According to The Cleveland Clinic, “How long does it take for blood to circulate through your vascular system?”

A. 2 second
B. 20 seconds
C. 2 minutes
D. 20 minutes
E. 2 hours

To find the answer, scroll down below the beating heart.

The answer is… 20 seconds.

That’s pretty amazing considering the complex network of blood vessels – arteries, veins and capillaries – that carry blood through the body. According to The Cleveland Clinic, that system is over 60,000 miles long. That’s long enough to circle Earth twice!

Keep on tickin!

Adam Pick
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  • April Davis

    Wow that is so cool. i cant believe that its amazing how God made our bodies. each and every one of us, so special. thank God for letting me live on this earth with my daughter.

  • The Circulatory & Respiratory System

    79% Nitrogen, 20% Oxygen, 4% Carbon Dioxide, 1% Other Gases.

    79 Scots 1 Englishman
    20 Irish enjoying the sun,
    Were at Blackpool Pleasure Beach
    To ride Pepsi Max! The Big One.

    Queuing up for their ticket
    Through turnstile entering in,
    Some went left, others right
    Eventually queues going thin.

    There was much excitement
    Soon standing single file,
    When carriages arrived oh dear
    Some men ran a mile.

    Englishman changed his mind
    79 Scots did the same,
    16 Irish followed suit
    4 Irish were a bit lame.

    The 4 lame Irish got off
    As 4 happy Irish got on,
    The 4 happy Irish looked back
    Everyone else now were gone.

    Ride set off they all cheered
    They arrived at base of chain,
    Up they went, there was no return
    Electrically worked by the brain.

    Top of ride a slight dip then off
    Screaming and having a blast,
    All shouting out in excitement
    But only a short time would last.

    Turns and dips up then down
    An amazing view of the Town,
    But ride was nearly over leaving
    4 Irishmen feeling down.

    Arrived where they began
    All Irishmen were feeling blue,
    Four were counted as they dismounted
    It works like this! It’s true.

    Bill Mckechnie

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