Written by

Peter Rigby - Director of Medical Negligence

Heart Structure


Your heart is formed of 4 chambers, these are split 2 on the top and 2 on bottom.


  • The right atrium is the first chamber at the top of the heart. Here 2 large veins deliver the deoxygenated blood back from the rest of the body. The superior vena cava delivers the blood from the upper body and the secondary vena cava delivers blood from the lower part of the body. From the right atrium, blood is pumped into the right ventricle.


  • The right ventricle is the first of the lower chambers in the heart and from here the deoxygenated blood is pumped to your lungs via the pulmonary artery. In the lungs the air you have breathed in containing oxygen diffuses into your blood stream. From here the blood in sent back to the heart.


  • The left atrium receives the blood from the lungs. This is the 2nd upper chamber of the heart. The blood is received here from your pulmonary artery and from here blood is passed to the left ventricle


  • The left ventricle the final chamber of the heart and is slightly larger than the one on the right. From here the oxygenated blood is is pumped back out to your body via the aorta. To do this successfully a large contraction is required.


Heart Health

Your heart health is vital for overall good health. It’s responsible for pumping blood around your body, it supplies oxygen while removing toxins. As the main function of your cardiovascular system, its crucially responsible for just about everything that gives your body life, ranging from the transportation of oxygen to the success of your immune system.

Here are some useful tips to help you improve and maintain your heart’s health according to the NHS:

  • Exercise can reduce the risk for developing cardiovascular disease and even reverse and//or limit some of risk factors that can lead to the disease such as being overweight or high blood pressure.
  • Eating healthy can help you control your weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. Follow a heart-healthy diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and white meats. This will ensure that your limit the risk of any heart problems.
  • Sleeping for 7 or 8 hours per night is a marker of good heart health.


Legal Support

If you are not offered reasonable care around the health of your heart, and this results in the worsening of your condition, you might be eligible for legal support. Our medical negligence experts will guide you through your claim right from the initial phone call to how the claim will progress, and we ensure that you will receive excellent customer service every step of the way.

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