Understanding How Your Heart Keeps You Going

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Have you ever wondered how your heart works tirelessly day in and day out, keeping you alive and kicking? It’s a remarkable organ, a powerful pump that never takes a break. At Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery with Dr. Ciuffo, we’re here to take a journey into the world of your heart, simplified for easy understanding.

Meet Your Heart

The heart is a muscular organ located slightly to the left of the center of your chest. It’s roughly the size of your fist and works non-stop to pump blood throughout your body.

The Pumping Action

Think of your heart as a pump with four chambers. The two upper chambers are called atria, and the two lower chambers are called ventricles. The right side of the heart receives blood low in oxygen from your body and pumps it to your lungs to get fresh oxygen. The left side of the heart receives oxygen-rich blood from your lungs and pumps it out to your body.

The Blood Highway

Blood travels through your body in blood vessels called arteries and veins. Arteries carry blood away from the heart, while veins carry blood back to the heart. It’s like a highway system, with blood flowing in two directions – away from and back to your heart.

The Beat Goes On

The heart beats rhythmically, creating a lub-dub sound. This sound is made by the opening and closing of the heart valves as blood flows through the heart. The lub is made when the valves between the atria and ventricles close, and the dub is made when the valves between the ventricles and arteries close.

Oxygen Exchange

Your body needs oxygen to function properly. When you breathe in, oxygen enters your lungs and gets absorbed into your blood. Your heart pumps this oxygen-rich blood to all parts of your body, delivering the oxygen your cells need to produce energy. At the same time, your heart collects carbon dioxide, a waste product produced by your cells, and pumps it back to your lungs to be breathed out.

Heartbeat Regulation

Your heart beats at just the right speed to meet your body’s needs. When you’re resting, your heart beats slower. When you’re active or excited, your heart beats faster to pump more blood and oxygen to your muscles and organs. Your brain and hormones help regulate your heart rate, making sure everything stays in balance.

Keeping Your Heart Healthy

Taking care of your heart is essential for a long and healthy life. Eating a balanced diet, staying active, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, and managing stress are all important ways to keep your heart in tip-top shape. Regular check-ups with your doctor can also help catch any potential heart problems early.

Listen To Your Heart

The heart is more than just a pump; it’s a symbol of life and vitality. So next time you feel your heart beating, take a moment to appreciate the incredible work it’s doing to keep you alive. And remember, by taking care of your heart, you’re taking care of yourself.

The heart is an amazing organ that works tirelessly to keep you alive. From pumping blood to all parts of your body to regulating your heartbeat, it’s a true marvel of nature. By understanding how the heart works and taking steps to keep it healthy, you can ensure a long and happy life ahead.

Contact Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery Today

If you have more questions about your heart and how it works day in and day out, don’t hesitate to contact us or call (702) 333-7200 to speak with a team member. We’d be more than happy to provide you with the information and resources you need to achieve and maintain optimal health. For additional information about our practice, please visit Nevada Heart and Vascular or University Medical Center.

A picture of Giovanni B. Ciuffo, MD wearing his Mercy One doctor attire.

About the Author

Giovanni B. Ciuffo, MD Director is an expert in Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery and Bloodless Heart Surgery is the outcome of his commitment to the development and improvement of both of these techniques. He runs a Cardiothoracic Surgery practice and manages Minimally Invasive and Bloodless Heart Surgery Program where he cares for patients from all over the country and locally. Click here to learn more about Dr. Ciuffo.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery