Your heart pumps blood to the rest of your body through blood vessels. Blood carries oxygen and other important nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy and to work properly.
Your heart is a muscle with four chambers, and valves between each chamber.
Your heart has its own electrical system that controls how fast and regular your heart beats. The electrical system sends signals to the heart chambers to contract (pump blood out) and relax in a set rhythm.
Problems with the heart may include:
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Current as of: April 3, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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