London, United Kingdom
Heart Failure, Artwork
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Heart failure, computer artwork. The figure at centre (red) has an enlarged heart, a symptom of heart failure (reduced heart function). The heart is showing left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) an enlargement of the left ventricle (lower chamber). The left ventricle pumps oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Coronary heart disease and other cardiac conditions require the heart to pump harder. As the heart is a muscle, it grows if it has an increased workload, leading to LVH and eventually heart failure as the heart fails to cope with the increased workload.
May 10th, 2013
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