Back in 2000, photographer Angela Strassheim visited an undisclosed morgue and captured a series of images depicting hearts pierced by a gunshot wound, damaged by obesity, affected by cancer and weakened by a drug overdose. The photographs were published for the first time yesterday in a Scientific American piece (subscription required).
In the above video, which accompanied the article, a pathologist at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute examines photos of five heart autopsies and discusses what the images reveal about one of our most vital organs.
On a related note, Stanford interventional cardiologist Jennifer Tremmel, MD, is taking questions about the heart from Scope readers. Today is the last day to submit a question for her.
Previously: Ask Stanford Med: Cardiologist Jennifer Tremmel taking questions on women’s heart health, Lab-made heart cells mimic common cardiac disease in Stanford study and At new Stanford center, revealing dangerous secrets of the heart