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“The Aortic Pump”

When Monica and Chandler are planning to adopt a baby, and wisely recruit good friend Joey to write a letter of recommendation:

Monica: It doesn’t make any sense.
Joey: Of course it does. It’s smart! I used a thesaurus!
Chandler: On every word?
Joey: Yep.
Monica: All right, what was this sentence, originally?
Joey: Oh. “They’re warm, nice people with big hearts.”
Chandler: And that became, “They’re humid, pre-possessing homo-sapiens with full-sized aortic pumps?”

The heart was personally the most interesting organ to learn. Not because I kept humming Backstreet Boys’ love ballads or thinking about 2pm’s “Heartbeat” MV during that dissection, but more that this one power pump bears the burden and blessing to maintain life.

Back in high school and college biology, I only had to learn the chambers and chief arteries entering and exiting the heart. Now I can name all the coronary arteries encircling the singular heart from chamber to chamber, apex to base. The coronary branches hug the heart snuggly, like gift-wrapping for the holidays! There are the interventricular PDA (posterior/descending) and LAD (anterior/descending) branches longitudinally sectioning the heart and the right coronary (RCA, like the record company) and circumflex arteries burrowing in the atrioventricular sulcus. Like ribbon garnishings, the marginal artery runs along the edge of the RV, while the LV gets special treatment with finger-like diagonals and obtuse marginals. To top off the wrapping are the intertwining pulmonary arteries and aortic arch, the final bowties to cap life’s power generator.


Pure charms

In 2pm’s “Heartbeat” (off 1집 1:59PM-2009), the song begins “Can You Feel My Heartbeat… Heartbeat.. beat-beat-Heartbeat-beat-beat… [some Korean I don’t understand]” Taeyeon, Nikhyun, Junho, Junsu, Chansung, and Wooyoung slowly rise from the dead, resurrected for a performance. Jesus, they look pained and pissed-off… As part of the dance sequence, they sway limply and with clawed hands, not too far from a T-rex dance or MJ’s “Thriller” moves. To me, they look like drugged-up zombies who make Asian girls melt. After, they cross their arms over their heart and pump their chests.  In their hands lies an invisible, beating heart.  The difference between 2pm and me, besides the fact I’m not a knockout Korean dancer with a chiseled 6-pack, is that I held a heart in my palms. Well, a preserved one at least. It is truly amazing to hold the heart in your hands (albeit lacking the rhythmic beatings) and trace the circulation with a probe. One point I’d like to make, the heart is not the size of a fist, as that has been the generalization in Bio 101. My fist may be small, but the cadaver’s fist certainly was not big enough to render it a good estimation of his heart size.

As it is well known, the heart does not look like the cultural symbol, the one that resembles butt cheeks on the top before narrowing down to a sharp V for Valentine. Rather, it’s irregularly shaped, more rounded, with grooves (“sulcus”) and tortuous arterial networks. And interestingly, the heart slants slightly to the left, the right side appearing more anterior and close to the sternum. It’s not like you can see all four chambers and vessels from a dead-on viewpoint; you’d have to twist your head and burrow in to see all the compartments.

Aside from dominance in the brain, did you know you have heart dominance as well?  Right and left dominant hearts depend on where the posterior descending artery (PDA) branches, either off the RCA or the LCA’s circumflex artery.

What a colorful mess of a circulation!

The sinoatrial (SA) node equals the pacemaker and power button to every heartbeat. More amazingly, the insides are truly spectacular. Pectinate muscles only appear in the right atrium, striated strips bolstering the chamber that receives venous blood from the entire body. The trabeculae carnae muscles lining the powerful ventricular walls remind me of those African savannah carnages the Discovery channel filmers love to get up close and personal. I laugh when I envision the trabeculae carnae because my lab-mate and friend Jason likens the carnae muscles to a scene out of the Legend of Zelda involving a Lord Jabu-Jabu. I googled searched and found Lord Jabu-Jabu’s walls to be exactly like the trabeculae carnae. Forever will I remember this connection (and those zebra corpses and bloodied Mufasas licking their lips in triumph) and refer to trabeculae carnae as the “ventricular walls of Lord Jabu-Jabu.”

My doodles

Finally, I’ve gotten my tricuspid and mitral valves straight. Always, I forgot which side the valves sat, but an amazing mnemonic boosted my poor memory:  You try and get it right = tricuspid valve on the right side between atrium and ventricle. The ventricles require much support for its hefty job. The delicate cusps of the valves connect to the strumming, stringy chorda tendinae, which in turn strap onto powerful papillary muscles. Along the ventricles is the moderator band, the ‘middle man’ holding together the papillaries =)

More doodles


Songs About the Heart

“We are humans, young and old, who share a common bond of love and humanity that is rooted in the heart.  Traditional Chinese symbolizes this enduring concept that connects such selfless feelings to the physical human heart:  “xin” (心) represents the heart and occupies the center of the character for love, “ai” (愛).  Likewise, a doctor symbolizes this unique blend of human character and devotion, to heal and treat patients from the inside out.”

I have learned so much about the human body that it’s almost unfathomable and amazing. I can’t help but make connections with everyday life. Like right now, as I’m jamming to my iTunes DJ. I was shuffling through my multifaceted music collection and tallied how many songs from around the world related back to the heart and its core meaning – love.  Here is a compilation of my favorite songs that have some connection with “heart” and “love,” from sappy love ballads to Asian hits and Korean stuff I can’t understand. These are only song titles; if you listen to lyrics, the list will include all my 2000+ songs and much more.

– Celine Dion: “My Heart Will Go On,” from Titanic, my all-time favorite movie

– Celine Dion:  “Pour Que Tu M’Aimes Encore” – “Because You Loved Me” – “To Love You More

– Kylie Minogue: “Love At First Sight”

– Mariah Carey: “Love Takes Time” – “Dreamlover” – “Heartbreaker

– Britney Spears:  “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart

– Madonna: “Open Your Heart

– Lady Gaga: “Love Game”

– Willa Ford: “Haunted Heart

– Maroon 5: “This Love” (and G-Dragon’s Korean version)

– Savage Garden – “I Knew I Loved You”

– Backstreet Boys – “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” – “As Long As You Love Me” – “I’ll Never Break Your Heart“- “The Shape of My Heart”  … Yes, I’m still swooning to timeless 90’s boy bands

Forever BSB

– ‘N Sync:  “Tearin’ Up My Heart

– ‘N Sync & Gloria Estefan: “Music of My Heart

– Joey McIntyre: “I Love You Came Too Late”

– Rob Thomas: “This is How a Heart Breaks

– BBMak: “Out of My Heart (Into Your Head)” (I like Euro-pop *.*)

– Bon Jovi: “You Give Love a Bad Name”

– Daniel Powter: “Love You Lately”

– Air Supply: “All Out of Love” (Wow, this is ancient…)

– 2Pac: “California Love,” a random, but catchy rap song

– Josh Groban: “You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up),” something a little hopeful

– Elton John: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” from my favorite Disney movie The Lion King

– Phil Collins: “You’ll Be in My Heart

– Jay Chou 周杰倫 – “簡單愛 Simple Love” – “ Heart’s Rain

– Lee Hom 王力宏 – “放開你的心 Release Your Heart” – “心中的日月 Sun & Moon In My Heart” – “心跳 Heartbeat

– Lee Hom 王力宏 & 盧巧音 Candy Lo “好心分手 Good Heart Break Up” (a nice Mando-Canto duet mix)

– Lee Hom 王力宏 & Selina – “你是我心內的一首歌 You Are the Song in My Heart

– Fahrenheit 飛輪海 – “心理有數” (lit. Your Heart Knows)

– Emil Chau 周華健 – “愛相隨 Love Follows”

– Richie Ren 任賢齊 – “心太軟 Soft Heart

– Teresa Teng 鄧麗君 – “月亮代表我的心 Moon Represents My Heart,” a classic Taiwanese song w/many variations

– Jackie Chan 陳龍/Kim Hee-Seon – “Endless Love,” from The Myth 神話 (2005)

– Phil Chang 張宇 – “用心良苦 Well-Intentioned

– Jacky Cheung 張學友 – “心碎了無痕

– David Tao 陶喆 – “就是爱你 Only Love You” – “愛很簡單 Love is Really Simple”

– Wilber Pan 潘瑋柏 – “不得不愛 Gotta Love”

– JJ Lin 林俊傑 – “只對你說 Sarang Heyo” (the Korean saying “Sarang Heyo” = I Love You)

– Vanness Wu 吳建豪 – “Listen To Your Heart

– Jolin Tsai 蔡依林 – “Love Love Love” — “愛無赦 Bravo Lover”

– Ding Dang 丁噹 – “我愛他 I Love Him,” from Taiwanese drama 下一站, 幸福 Autumn’s Concerto (2009)

– 元若蓝 Yuan Ruo Lan & 吴忠明 Wu Zhong Ming – “心願便利貼 Sticky Note Wish,” from Taiwanese drama 命中注定我愛你 Fated to Love You (2008)

– Super Junior 슈퍼주니어- “너같은사람 또 없어 No Other,” the MV has 10 hot Korean guys singing, dancing, and expressing their heart. I noticed how each of them get creative with their artful gestures of love, with the fancy red heart and baby blue aura giving the video and song a sweet feel.

– 2pm – “Heartbeat” (I have a whole blog on this up next…)

– G-Dragon – “Heartbreaker” (Ah yes, another one)

– CNBlue 씨엔블루– “Love”

– SS501 – “Love Like This” – “Making a Lover”

– DBSK 東方神起 – “Love in the Ice” (such a passionate song by 5 sexy Korean guys)

– XIAH Junsu 김준수– “君がいれば ~Beautiful Love~” (Junsu with a solo Japanese album post DBSK-breakup; now back in JYJ, yay!)

– JY Park – “No Love No More,” in the MV, after a double suicide, JYP lives it up in hell; he reminds me of a dancing Hugh Heffner for some reason…

– A’ST1 에이스타일 – “아쉬운 마음인 Yearning Heart,” from Boys Over Flowers (2009)

– Shin Seung Hoon 신승훈 (申昇勳) – “Love of Iris,” from Iris (2009)

– SeeYa 씨야 – “ 슴이 뭉클 My Heart is Moved,” from Personal Taste (2010)

– Utada Hikaru – “Prisoner of Love,” from Japanese drama Last Friends

– Arashi 嵐  – “One Love,” from Japanese drama Hana Yori Dango 花より男子 (2005)

2010 World Cup Red Mania

Amidst my Korea fever, I came across some 2010 World Cup promotions, featuring the biggest names in Korean entertainment.  The ads, videos, songs, merchandise, energy, you name it, all symbolize the national pride and the talents the country has to offer.

Here’s a SPAO All Generation Ad featuring SM Town-Super Junior and SNSD Girls’ Generation.  It’s the South Korea “Yes! I Red It” campaign for the 2010 World Cup.  They look cool and cute in their “red fever.” I like seeing the sporty, cute look on the SNSD girls and the casual, yet tough-boy style the Super Junior boys take on.

Victory, Peace... the popularity of The SignThis is my favorite song for the season.  And yes, it’s Super Junior, again.  Super Junior’s World Cup fighting song “Victory Korea.” Featuring Yesung, Sungmin, Leeteuk, Eunhyuk, and Shindong (in that order of appearance), the MV is AWESOME.  I’ve watched it enough times to hear, even in silence, “Oh A O… O O A O~…. Victory, Victory, Victory, KOREA!” ringing in my ears. I love part 1:25, where they throw in their signature “Sorry Sorry” dance, with fellow netizens and followers joining in the celebration =D  Gah, I love their energy and pride for the sport and their home country.  I still find it a tad funny that I’m not Korean, but I have so much appreciation for the nation, more than America. Woot! Victory Suju!

Now, I’d like to treat myself to a flaming red T-shirt too!

Ohh La La~ I'd like my own "Victory Korea" flaming red T-shirt for the gym/PJs.

I like this one a lot, where Super Junior rejoices ecstatically at South Korea’s win against Greece on June 12… Their excitement is caught from several different angles… On the second one, Ryeowook looks like he’s flying out of his seat. Weird~

Everyone's very quiet, glued to the big screen tv...and then the big win!

This is the flying Ryeowook one...

When they're not singing, Suju guys are just average sports fanatics

Their happy faces and bear hugs...

Victory Korea song time!

We are One Happy Family… Fun advertisements featuring brand name entertainers in Korea… Big Bang (Taeyang in a fancy face mask, when it’s not peak flu season, is funny… new style for his comeback??), Super Junior (maybe not the whole 13 member gang, but it’s still SuJu), SNSD Girls’ Generation, Olympic medalist Kim Yoona, 2PM (I’m still working on experiencing their music), and more…

Big Bang and Kim Yuna... cute

Big Bang, Kim Yuna, and some other people I don't know... Taeyang in a face mask, priceless

SUPER JUNIOR!!! Shindong, Eunhyuk, Yesung, Sungmin, Leeteuk... the spirits behind "Victory Korea" awesomeness

SNSD Girls' Generation & Super Junior SPAO World Cup campaign... Red never looked more bold

2PM Celebrates! They have a song "What's Your Celebration?" as shown on their proud banner

And for other fans of Rain, 4Minute, BEG, etc… here’s another South Korea World Cup song of celebration.