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Relaxation phase of the heart. The heart muscle slackens and the ventricles fill with blood. The blood is sucked from the atria, via the pulmonary veins into the ventricles. At the end of the diastole the atria actively pump the blood into the ventricles

Author(s): Kinderherzstiftung, Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Sticker, Hermine Nock
Last updated: 2009-04-28