Friday, March 11, 2016

Did you know soleus is known as the second heart?

Hello!

The heart is not the only pump in the body.  While the heart pumps blood out towards the extremities, deep muscles assist in pumping blood back towards the heart.  One of the most important muscles for assisting blood flow back to the heart is the soleus muscle!

The soleus muscle is a large flat muscle on the extreme distal end of the body and furthest away from the heart.  When standing upright, the soleus resides at the body’s lowest gravitational point.  These two factors put the soleus in an ideal position to work synergistically with the heart as an efficient pumping system.

In upright posture, the soleus is responsible for pumping venous blood back into the heart from the periphery, and is often called the skeletal-muscle pump, peripheral heart or the sural (tricipital) pump.

That's all!

Question for the day: Which nerve supplies the soleus?
Lame joke for the day: Soleus has a "soul" and heart xD

-IkaN

2 comments:

  1. The soleus is innervated by the tibial nerve.:)

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    1. Correct. Killing it! B)

      Which nerve roots?

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