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Illustrations of the Heart

Your heart and blood vessels

The Heart and Blood Vessels

Large red vessel - the aorta;

Large artery that carries blood from of the left ventricle to the arteries of the body

Large blue vessel - vena cava

(includes the superior and inferior vena cava)

Large vein that empties blood into the right atrium of the heart.

Outside View of the Front (Anterior) of the Heart

Right Coronary Artery (RCA) - supplies blood to the right atrium, right ventricle, bottom portion of the left ventricle and the back of the septum

Left Coronary Artery (LCA) - divides into two branches: the circumflex artery and the left anterior descending artery

Left Anterior Descending Artery (LAD) - supplies blood to the front and bottom of the left ventricle and the front of the septum

Outside View of the Back (Posterior) of the Heart)

Coronary veins (in blue) -take oxygen-poor ("deoxygenated") blood that has already been "used" by muscles of the heart and returns it to the right atrium

Circumflex artery - supplies blood to the left atrium and the side and back of the left ventricle

Pulmonary veins - bring oxygen-rich blood back to the heart from the lungs

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