Display Mode:

    Main content

    Health Information

    Heart anatomy

    Heart anatomy

    The atria and ventricles of the heart, and some of the heart's blood vessels

    Your heart has four separate chambers that pump blood. The chambers are called the right atrium, right ventricle, left atrium, and left ventricle.

    The right side of your heart receives oxygen-poor blood from your veins (the vena cava) and pumps it to your lungs (through the pulmonary artery), where the blood picks up oxygen and gets rid of carbon dioxide. The left side of your heart receives oxygen-rich blood from your lungs (through the pulmonary veins) and pumps it to the rest of your body (through the aorta).

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
    Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
    Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine

    Current as ofOctober 1, 2015

    Current as of: October 1, 2015

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine

    This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated, disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. Learn how we develop our content.

    © 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.