In considering the romantic spirit of the holiday, the human heart is often viewed as the seat of courage, hope and love. With regard to its more earthly functions, however, the heart is no less remarkable. It is this less metaphysical, but equally amazing role that riveted my interest early on in medical training and continues to fuel my passion for cardiac health in medical practice today.
From an engineering standpoint (nerd alert), the heart is an elegant electromechanical pump responsible for the timely delivery of oxygen and nutrient-rich . . .