This section is about
Structures of the Heart
The ascending aorta begins at the upper part of the base of the left ventricle (of the heart), passes upward, forward, and to the right, in the direction of the heart’s axis. It is enclosed within the pericardium in a tube of the serous pericardium, common to it and the pulmonary artery and is about 5 cm in length.
To view a diagram showing the position of major veins and arteries, see Systemic Circulation.
More about the heart and blood circulation:
See the following for more about the heart, blood, blood circulation, disorders of the blood circulation system, and related topics.
- The Structure of the Heart
- The Functions of the Heart
- Systemic Circulation (i.e. blood flow around the body beyond the heart and lungs)
- Pulmonary Circulation (i.e. blood flow through the heart and lungs)
- Heart Conditions, heart problems and disorders, both chronic and acute
- Heart Disease Risk Factors, avoidable and unavoidable
- Discoveries about the circulatory system and how it works
- Books about heart disease.