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Asked • 04/28/19

Can humans live without their right atrium?

The right atrium is one of four chambers (two atria and two ventricles) in the hearts of mammals (including humans) and archosaurs (which include birds and crocodilians). It receives deoxygenated blood from the superior and inferior venae cavae, the coronary sinus, and the anterior and smallest cardiac veins, and pumps it into the right ventricle through the tricuspid valve. Can humans survive without right atrium? In this condition blood would fill the right ventricle directly, comparable to some animals like frogs, toads, snakes and lizards. What advantages does the normal human heart have to this anatomy ? If we had this anatomy, where would the best place for pacemakers be, like the sinus node?

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