The belief that the ring finger of the left hand has a vein that goes directly to the heart is a popular myth known as “vena amoris” or “vein of love” in Latin. This idea has been romanticized and used often to explain the tradition of wearing the wedding ring on the ring finger of the left hand. However, from a medical and anatomical perspective, this is not accurate.

All the fingers have a similar vascular structure, and there is no single vein that directly connects any finger to the heart. The circulatory system is far more complex and interconnected, with veins and arteries distributing blood to and from the heart throughout the body in a network. The belief in the “vena amoris” is a charming piece of folklore rather than a fact based on human anatomy.