I just read a Wikipedia article, "Heartworm", Wikipedia the free encyclopedia. 15 March 2009, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heartworms. I was interested by this article because it helpped me with my personal project.
One sentence from the article that stands out for me is: "The parasite is commonly called "heartworm" because the adult reproductive stage of its life cycle resides primarily in the right ventricle of its host where it can live for many years." I think this is interesting because it tells us the origin of the name.
I'm pretty sure this is accurate, because I have been doing a lot of research on the topic for my project and everything seems to be about right.
Another sentence that I made me worried was: "Rarely, migrating heartworm larvae get "lost" and end up in unusual sites such as the eye, brain, or an artery in the leg, which results in unusual symptoms such as blindness, seizures and lameness." This stood out because i thought to myself, dogs are already color blind to be fully bind is really sad.
I double-checked this fact "The worms require the mosquito as an intermediate stage in order to complete their life cycle." which makes me feel pretty sure that it is true.
What I learned from this article is nothing and I really don't want to see how this changes in the future.