It pumps blood. Duh! Well, for most of history, people were unsure what the heart's main function was. Even Leonardo Da Vinci gave up studying it and he's probably one of the five smartest guy ever. Even now, it's not as easy as it should be to find out how the ticker actually works. Don't worry, this Ted-Ed animation will explain it to you perfectly. Basically, if you watch this animation explainer, you'll be smarter than Da Vinci.