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Where is your heart and what does it look like?

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The heart is located under the rib cage, under and to the left of your breastbone (sternum), and between your lungs.

Looking at the outside of the heart, you can see that the heart is made of muscle. The strong muscular walls contract (squeeze), pumping blood to the arteries. The major blood vessels that are connected to the heart include the aorta, the superior vena cava, the inferior vena cava, the pulmonary artery (which takes oxygen-poor blood from the heart to the lungs, where it is oxygenated), the pulmonary veins (which bring oxygen-rich blood from the lungs to the heart) and the coronary arteries (which supply blood to the heart muscle).

From: How Your Heart Works WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: National Heart Blood Lung Institute, National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 08, 2017

SOURCE: National Heart Blood Lung Institute, National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 08, 2017

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