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Genetics have nothing to do with survival of a bullet into or through the heart. The strongest, most athletic, muscular, longest living man will usually die from a gunshot to the heart. What helps survival is how bad the wound is - a small caliber bullet can lodge in the left ventricle wall or even enter into the chamber and people have survived - however any wound of the right ventricle, major artery or vein results in a quick bleed out or tamponade and death usually is the outcome. Getting medical help quickly also is a major factor. Empress Elizabeth of Austria lived long enough to walk to her ship, reach her state room and only when her girdle/corset was removed did she suddenly die (20 minutes later) from a stab wound to her heart. The pressure of the corset kept her alive.

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