The heart is made up of the two atria which receive blood and two ventricles which are the actual pumps of the heart. The left ventricle pumps blood into the aorta sending oxygenated blood to the rest of the body.
Review Date 4/3/2019
Updated by: Mary C. Mancini, MD, PhD, Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Christus Highland Medical Center, Shreveport, LA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.