The heart valves are the passageways through which blood flows in the heart chambers. This video demonstrates how these structures work.
Each chamber of the heart acts as a temporary storage area for blood. Blood enters the heart devoid of oxygen. As it passes through the first two chambers of the heart, to the lungs, and back through the last two chambers, it receives oxygen and other nutrients necessary for cellular function. The job of the heart valves is to keep blood moving in the right direction. They must open completely so that enough blood enters each chamber. However, they must also close fully to prevent regurgitation, or backflow, into the previous chamber.
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