Middle cardiac vein

The middle cardiac vein commences at the apex of the heart; ascends in the posterior longitudinal sulcus, and ends in the coronary sinus near its right extremity.

Middle cardiac vein
Base and diaphragmatic surface of heart. (Middle cardiac vein labeled at bottom.)
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Drains toCoronary sinus
ArteryPosterior interventricular artery
LatinVena cardiaca media,
vena cordis media
Anatomical terminology



The middle cardiac vein has a constant location on the surface of the ventricles.[1]

Clinical significanceEdit

The middle cardiac vein is useful for epicardial access to the inferior side of the ventricles.[2]


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 642 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  1. ^ Worley, Seth J. (2017-01-01), Ellenbogen, Kenneth A.; Wilkoff, Bruce L.; Kay, G. Neal; Lau, Chu-Pak (eds.), "30 - Coronary Sinus Lead Implantation", Clinical Cardiac Pacing, Defibrillation and Resynchronization Therapy (Fifth Edition), Elsevier, pp. 739–834, ISBN 978-0-323-37804-8, retrieved 2021-01-08
  2. ^ Issa, Ziad F.; Miller, John M.; Zipes, Douglas P. (2012-01-01), Issa, Ziad F.; Miller, John M.; Zipes, Douglas P. (eds.), "Chapter 27 - Epicardial Ventricular Tachycardia", Clinical Arrhythmology and Electrophysiology: A Companion to Braunwald's Heart Disease (Second Edition), Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, pp. 608–617, ISBN 978-1-4557-1274-8, retrieved 2021-01-08

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