5 Things You Need to Know Today: Feb. 14

Love is in the air today. Take a deep breath; we hear it's contagious.

1. How do you mend a broken heart? Great news on Valentine's Day for heart attack patients: A team of doctors has found a way to fix damage caused by a heart attack using stem cells gathered from the patient's own heart, as reported in the Lancet medical journal. The authors said there was also an "unprecedented" increase in new heart muscle.

2. Pets keep us heart healthy: A study that monitored 200 Japanese subjects has found that pet owners with chronic diseases appear to have healthier hearts than those without an animal companion. Scientists found the hearts of those with pets responded better to stressful situations. Researchers were able to say for sure why it makes such a difference, but attribute it to largely to the bonds of companionship.

3. Can't buy me love: But the average person will likely spend an average of $126.03, which is an 8.5 percent increase from last year’s Valentine's Day spending of $116.21 – and the highest outcome in the 10-year survey history of the National Retail Federation’s 2012 Valentine’s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions survey, conducted by BIGinsight. Of the total $17.6 billion that will likely be spent this year, $1.8 billion will be on flowers.

4. Sort of like seeing Jesus in your toast: On Friday J.J. Valentine, a Belgian-Angus calf, was born with a near-perfect white heart in the center of his furry black forehead at a rural Chicago farm (see photo). We don't know what it means, either, but it's just kind of cool. We would've named him Cupid, however.

5. All you need is love: Let's not forget that behind every great Valentine's Day is a whole lot of creative responses to love. Sometimes you CAN say it with flowers. For today, we'll just leave you with some great love-themed tunes. "There's nowhere you can be that you weren't meant to be... love is all you need."


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