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

The anterior cardiac veins (or anterior veins of right ventricle) are a variable number of small veins (usually 2-5)[1] which drain blood from the anterior portion of the right ventricle into the right atrium.[1][2]


The right marginal vein frequently opens into the right atrium,[1] and is therefore sometimes regarded as belonging to this group.[citation needed]


Unlike most cardiac veins, the anterior cardiac veins do not end in the coronary sinus; instead, they drain directly into[2] the anterior wall of[citation needed] the right atrium.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Standring, Susan (2016). Gray's anatomy: the anatomical basis of clinical practice (41 ed.). Elsevier Limited. pp. 994–1023. ISBN 978-0-7020-5230-9.
  2. ^ a b c Morton, David A. (2019). The Big Picture: Gross Anatomy. K. Bo Foreman, Kurt H. Albertine (2nd ed.). New York. p. 52. ISBN 978-1-259-86264-9. OCLC 1044772257.((cite book)): CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)