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Where is the heart located in the chest?

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.


Human Heart
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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Heart and Circulatory System

Heart and Circulatory System

Your circulatory system is made up of your heart and three main types of blood vessels -- arteries, veins and capillaries. Your heart is at the center of the system, acting as a pump to distribute nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood t...

hrough your body; it then takes away carbon dioxide and other waste your body doesn't need. Signs of poor circulation include cold hands and feet, numbness, dizziness, migraines, varicose veins and pain in your feet or legs. Untreated, poor circulation can lead to stroke, high blood pressure, kidney damage and other diseases. Learn more about your heart and circulatory system with expert advice from Sharecare.
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