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Heart and Circulatory System

Where is the heart located in the chest?

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  • ARakesh K. Jain, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered on behalf of HCA Virginia
    Where is the heart located in the chest?
    The heart is located in the center of the chest, behind the sternum. In this video, Rakesh Jain, MD, an interventional cardiologist at Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Hospitals, describes both the location and size of the average human heart.
  • A Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    Human Heart
    The human heart, which is normally about the size of your fist, is located behind and to the left of your breastbone, also called the sternum. Watch this animation to learn more about your heart and how it works.


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  • The heart lies underneath the sternum, or chest bone, and sits a little to the left. The heart is located between the lungs and lies in front of the backbone. It is about the size of a fist. (This answer provided for NATA by the University of Montana Athletic Training Education Program.)
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