Undoubtedly, heart is one of the major organs of your body. Yet, you may not know for a fact where this organ is located. If you would like to learn about the exact location of your heart, several facts about its anatomy as well as the basic information about various health conditions, you will find such information in the current article.\r\nWhere Is Your Heart Located?\r\nThe majority of people know that their hearts are located on the left part of their body. Still, the question is \u201cWhere exactly is the heart?\u201d.\r\n\r\nIt is important to understand that the heart isn\u2019t placed on the middle of the left part of your breast. Look down at your body and place your hand in the centre of your breastbone (of course, in the upper part of this bone). Then, you should move your hand slightly to the left. In other words, one edge of your heart is located in the centre of your breastbone. Nevertheless, the whole heart is on the left side of your body.\r\n\r\nAny time you feel any discomfort in the area where your heart is located it doesn\u2019t mean that you are experiencing problems with this organ. In addition to it, feeling pain in any other part of your body doesn\u2019t guarantee that you doesn\u2019t have any problems with your heart. As you will read in the present article, it is extremely important to be careful with all the symptoms you are feeling, especially if you are suspecting having problems with your heart.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAs far as you can see, the location of your heart isn\u2019t exactly the center of your chest. Yet, it may be quite interesting for you to learn why the location of this important organ is asymmetric.\r\n\r\nIn point of fact, there is no precise answer to this question. Nowadays, there are several theories which give a different explanation of this condition. Some scientists believe that the right ventricle is smaller than the left one because it delivers blood only to the nearby lungs, whereas the left ventricle delivers blood to the whole body. Since there is no balance in the size of the heart, this organ is located to the left.\r\n\r\nSuch a theory is quite plausible. Still, other scientists believe that the heart works better when it is not located in the centre of the chest. In this part of the body, heart functions would not be so effective because of the central sternum which is rather rigid.\r\nThe Most Popular Heart Conditions\r\nUnfortunately, the heart is rather vulnerable despite the fact it is built of the strongest tissue in the entire body. The pressure on this organ is so intense that the heart can develop various illnesses. In addition to it, many diseases connected with other organs can lead to side effects in the heart. What are the most frequent heart illnesses?\r\nCoronary Artery Disease\r\nCoronary artery disease is an illness caused by cholesterol plaques. The increased level of cholesterol has a capacity of narrowing the blood arteries. Once the arteries become too narrowed, the blood can\u2019t be delivered to the heart. It becomes a serious risk for the blockage of the arteries caused by a sudden blood clot. The blockage of the artery is called a heart attack.\r\n\r\nOf course, in order to avoid such a problem in the future, you should keep an eye on the level of cholesterol in your blood. Eating less animal fat and including phytosterols into your diet will help you maintain a healthy level of cholesterol in your blood. Phytosterols can be found in oils such as flax oil, olive oil and grape seeds oil which has the highest amount of this useful substance.\r\nStable Angina Pectoris\r\nStable angina pectoris is also caused by narrowed coronary arteries. The symptoms of this illness are chest pain and discomfort which is especially noticeable after physical activity. Unfortunately, the blockages can lead to the condition when your heart can\u2019t get enough oxygen which is used for strenuous activity.\r\n\r\nChest pain and discomfort will be reduced when you have a rest.\r\nUnstable Angina Pectoris\r\nUnstable angina pectoris is a more serious heart condition than stable angina pectoris. Anyone who has this illness has new sensations of discomfort and chest pain. These unpleasant feelings are worsening and can occur even if you do not perform any physical activity.\r\n\r\nUnstable angina pectoris is an emergency situation. If you have such symptoms, you should visit a doctor immediately because the condition can develop into dangerously abnormal heart rhythm, a heart attack or cardiac arrest.\r\nMyocardial Infarction\r\nMyocardial infarction has another popular name which is heart attack. This is an emergency health condition in which a blockage if a coronary artery takes place. This blockage makes it impossible to deliver oxygen to the heart muscles and, as a result, a part of the muscle can die.\r\nArrhythmia\r\nAnother word for arrhythmia is dysrhythmia. As the name of this health condition implies, its symptoms is an abnormal rhythm of the heart. Such a change of the rhythm takes place because of the alternation of the electrical impulses conduction in the heart.\r\n\r\nIn particular situations arrhythmia can be rather dangerous and can lead even to a life-threatening condition. Yet, some people can have a benign form of arrhythmia which doesn\u2019t lead to any serious heart problems when is diagnosed on a regular basis.\r\nCongestive Heart Failure\r\nSometimes one\u2019s heart can experience problems with pumping blood effectively. This can be in case when heart is too stiff or too weak. The most popular symptoms of this health condition are the shortness of breath as well as the leg swelling. If you are experiencing either of these symptoms, it will be reasonable for you to visit a doctor.\r\nCardiomyopathy\r\nThe heart can also cease working normally in case it is weakened because of being abnormally enlarged. In addition to it, the muscles of the heart can become rather thick or stiffened. As a result, the heart won\u2019t pump blood effectively.\r\nMyocarditis\r\nThe muscle of the heart can become inflamed because of various factors. One of the most popular cause of the heart muscle inflammation is a viral infection. Because of this fact, doctors do not recommend their patients to perform physical activities during the first two weeks after the recovery from any viral infection, for example, from flue. Even if you feel yourself very good after the treatment, remember that your heart muscles can be rather weak after the illness.\r\nPericarditis\r\nNot only the muscles of your heart can become inflamed but also the lining tissues of this organ. One of the most frequent cause of this health condition is also a viral infection. Yet, pericarditis can be also caused by an autoimmune condition or a kidney failure.\r\nPericardial effusion\r\nAnother problem which is connected with the lining of the heart is pericardial effusion. This health condition is usually triggered by pericarditis and developed when fluid occurs between the heart lining.\r\nAtrial Fibrillation\r\nArrhythmia, which has been discussed before, can be caused by atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is a health condition in which abnormal electrical impulses occur in the atria. As a result, the heartbeat becomes irregular.\r\nPulmonary Embolism\r\nIt has already been said that blood can get clots which can travel to the heart causing serious problems. Yet, a blood clot can go in other direction getting into the lungs. Such a health condition is called pulmonary embolism.\r\nHeart Murmur\r\nOne of the most frequently used equipment for diagnosing heart diseases is a stethoscope. It is used for listening to the sounds made by heart. Sometimes, the sound can be abnormal. This health condition is called heart murmur. Heart murmur doesn\u2019t always mean that the heart is really ill. There are many situations in which heart murmur is benign. For example, many young\u00a0 children experience this murmur because of the changes in their hearts which caused by the natural development of this organ. Nevertheless, it is crucial to check the condition of the heart once the murmur occurs as it can also be a symptom of a serious disease.\r\nHeart Valve Disease\r\nOf course, every part of the heart can become ill and heart valves aren\u2019t an exception to this rule. Severe heart valve disease can lead to congestive heart failure.\r\nEndocarditis\r\nSome infections can attack the heart valves which can lead to the disease called endocarditis. When a person is suffering from this condition, the lining or valves of his or her heart become inflamed.\r\nMitral Valve Prolapse\r\nProlapse of the mitral valve is a condition in which it is slightly forced backward when the blood is passing.\r\nSudden Cardiac Death\r\nSudden cardiac death is also known as cardiac arrest. This is a state of death. Sudden cardiac death can take place in the situations in which the heart suddenly losses its function.\r\nHow the Heart Is Diagnosed?\r\nIt has already been said that a stethoscope is used for diagnosing heart murmur. Of course, it is not the sole equipment used in the modern cardiology which can help to identify many health conditions connected with heart. What other tests can be made by your doctor?\r\nECG (EKG)\r\nECG is electrocardiogram which is a special device tracing the electrical activity of the heart. For example, it becomes obvious whether a person is suffering from arrhythmia when ECG is made. Many other heart problems can be diagnosed with the help of this equipment.\r\nEchocardiogram\r\nIf your doctor suspects that you may have problems with your heart valves or the pumping ability of your heart\u2019s muscles, you may be asked to make echocardiogram. This is a special method using ultrasound in order to get the viewing of the work of your heart.\r\nCardiac Stress Test\r\nCardiac stress test is a very good method for identifying the disease of the coronary artery. In order to perform cardiac stress test, medicines or a treadmill can be used. Thus, the heart can be stimulated in such a way as it could show its near-maximum capacity.\r\nCardiac Catheterisation\r\nSometimes it is important to make X-ray images of heart, especially of the coronary arteries. This helps to find blockages. In order to make a X-ray image in this case, it is impossible to insert a special catheter into the femoral artery.\r\n\r\nCardiac catheterisation also helps to perform many medical procedures such as stenting.\r\nHolter Monitor\r\nThere is a special device which has been designed for people with arrhythmia. As far as you know, sometimes abnormal heartbeat can be rather dangerous. Therefore, it is important to monitor any changes in the work of the heart. It can be made with the help of a portable heart monitor called Helter monitor. The device is recording the rhythm of the heart continuously during the whole day and night.\r\nEvent Monitor\r\nEvent monitor is another type of a portable device used for monitoring heart rhythm. This monitor has a special button which should be pushed in case you feel any discomfort. Thus, the electrical rhythm of your heart will be recorded.\r\nHow the Heart Is Treated?\r\nThere are many ways of treating heart. The easiest way is a healthy diet which has already been partially described in this article. Obviously, one of the most crucial steps of the treatment is normalising the level of cholesterol in your blood system which can be maintained by eating less fatty food as well as an increased amount of oils rich in phytosterols. Phytosterols are recognised by organism as animal cholesterol which leads to cleaning the blood vessels of the pathogenic fraction of cholesterol.\r\nAn Appropriate Diet for Healthy Heart\r\nUnfortunately, not everyone can cure his or her heart problems with normalising the level of cholesterol. There are many other factors which can aggravate the health condition of the heart. In order to help your organ to work properly, you should include the food rich in potassium and magnesium into your diet. Big amounts of magnesium can be found in chives, spinach, flax seeds, okra, broccoli, basil, dill, sunflower seeds, cacao, Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, almonds, pine nuts, watermelon seeds, spearmint and sesame seeds. Almond, broccoli, spinach and Brazil nuts are also rich in potassium. Potassium can be found in Brussel sprouts, tomatoes, coconut, avocados, figs, kiwis, Swiss chard, cantaloupe, apricots, beets and bok choy. Why should you consume so much magnesium and potassium?\r\n\r\nThese two elements help to make the heart lining and muscles stronger. There are some heart conditions which can be treated with no surgical intrusion by appropriate diet.\r\n\r\nOf course, in order to help your heart, you shouldn\u2019t drink alcohol and caffeinate beverages. First of all, both of these types of liquids can cleanse your organism of various important microelements which help your heart to work properly. In addition to it, alcohol can make your blood thicker which can lead to the development of blood clots. One of the most dangerous state of health is a hangover, Therefore, if it difficult for you to resign from your favourite alcohol, you should at least avoid drinking an excessive amount of the beverages. Finally, caffeinate liquids increase your blood pressure and can change the heart rhythm. Pay your attention to the fact that not only coffee has caffeine, but also black tea, green tea, white tea as well as cocoa.\r\n\r\nIf you have problems with blood clots, you should be also attentive with foods and food supplements increasing the level of haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is transporting oxygen in your blood, thus, it is very important for your health. Yet, an excessive amount of this substance can lead to the creation of rather dangerous blood clots. If you already have problems with clots, eat less food containing iron which is used for the creation of haemoglobin. The examples of such products are pork liver, clams, beef spleen, potatoes, beans, lentils, fortified cereals and spinach.\r\nExercise\r\nDo not think that physical activity is not recommended for the heart health. People, who perform some exercises on a daily basis, make the muscles of the heart stronger. Of course, those people who already have problems with this organ should ask their doctors first before going in for sport. Some kinds of activities, for example running or aerobics can be dangerous for people with particular heart conditions since these types of exercises make the heart work more intensively.\r\n\r\nIt is also important to avoid drinking during active trainings or right after the trainings. Although your body is losing water all the time and it is important to deliver liquids to your organism, drinking a big amount of water during a training makes your heart work strenuously which is not advised. If you feel dehydrated, it will be better for you to drink small amount several times during the training. Do not consume the whole bottle of water at a time, though.\r\nAngioplasty\r\nAngioplasty is a special procedure which is performed in case a person needs unblocking a coronary artery. In order to do it, a balloon is inflated inside a coronary artery which had been blocked or inflated. This helps to widen the artery. The artery can be kept open when a stent is placed there. Angioplasty is a part of cardiac catheterisation. Other names for angioplasty are PCI - percutaneous coronary intervention or PTCA - percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty.\r\nCoronary Artery Stenting\r\nAnother procedure which can be performed during cardiac catheterisation is coronary artery stenting. Coronary artery stenting is opening up the area of a blocked or narrowed coronary artery with the help of a wire metal stent. Thus, the blood flow can be improved which allows to avoid such dangerous conditions as heart attack and reduce chest pain which is also known as angina.\r\nThrombolysis\r\nThrombolysis is a special procedure used for busting blood clots. Thrombolysis used not only as a treatment of heart problems but also as a treatment of blood clots occurring in other parts of the body. When it comes to the heart, thrombolysis is using special clot-busting drugs. These drugs are injected into the veins in order to dissolve the clots. As it has already been said, if the blood clots will be delivered to the heart, they can cause a heart attack. Usually, coronary artery stenting is performed instead of thrombolysis. Yet, stenting can\u2019t be done in each situation. When the health condition isn\u2019t appropriate for this procedure, thrombolysis is performed.\r\nDiuretics\r\nDiuretics are also known as water pills. These are special drugs which can increase the fluid loss by urination. It is important for people with the symptoms of heart failure to use these water pills since they can reduce the volume of blood making the symptoms less intense.\r\nLipid- lowering Agents\r\nYou have already learnt about the diet which will help you to decrease the level of cholesterol in the blood vessels. Unfortunately, some people are suffering from such symptoms which indicate a rather advanced form of their heart problem. Then, it is better not to wait until healthy food will help to cleanse the vessels and reduce cholesterol with the help of lipid-lowering agents. They will reduce the possibility of having a heart attack.\r\nBeta-blockers\r\nBeta-blockers are needed when a person is suffering from a high heart rate or strain of this organ. The activity of beta-blockers helps to eliminate these symptoms and treat many heart problems such as arrhythmias and heart failure.\r\nAspirin\r\nAspirin, or, speaking more precisely, salicylic acid, has unique properties of prevention of the blood clots. This simple substance can be taken by anyone who is suffering from heart attacks. Pay your attention to the fact that this is one of the best remedies for people experiencing heart problems during hangovers. Yet, you should remember that this remedy can be taken after a meal since it can irritate the tissues of your stomach. In addition to it, you should drink a lot of water after taking this drug, since it can irritate your throat as well.\r\nClopidogrel\r\nClopidogrel is another medicine which is used in order to avoid the development of blood clots. Clopidogrel doesn\u2019t allow platelets to stick together which leads to the occurrence of blood clots. Many patients with stents in their arteries take this medicine.\r\n\r\nThere are many other substances and therapies which will help you to get rid of your heart problems.