Anterior cardiac veins

The anterior cardiac veins (or anterior veins of right ventricle) comprise a variable number of small vessels, usually between two and five, which collect blood from the front of the right ventricle and open into the right atrium; the right marginal vein frequently opens into the right atrium,[1] and is therefore sometimes regarded as belonging to this group.

Anterior cardiac veins
Sternocostal surface of heart.(Anterior cardiac veins not labeled, but visible at left.)
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Drains toRight atrium
LatinVenae cardiacae anteriores,
venae ventriculi dextri anteriores
Anatomical terminology

Unlike most cardiac veins, they do not end in the coronary sinus. Instead, these veins drain directly into the anterior wall of the right atrium.


  1. ^ Standring, Susan. Gray's anatomy: the anatomical basis of clinical practice (41 ed.). Elsevier Limited. pp. 994–1023. ISBN 978-0-7020-5230-9.

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