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Chambers of the Heart

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The heart has four chambers: two atria and two ventricles.

  • The right atrium receives oxygen-poor blood from the body and pumps it to the right ventricle.
  • The right ventricle pumps the oxygen-poor blood to the lungs.
  • The left atrium receives oxygen-rich blood from the lungs and pumps it to the left ventricle.
  • The left ventricle pumps the oxygen-rich blood to the body.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer David Messenger, MD
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Current as of March 12, 2014

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Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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