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Venous valves within left ventricular coronary veins.
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PMID:  18690527     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to quantify and characterize venous valves within the major left ventricular (LV) veins of human hearts. METHODS: Fiberscope cameras were inserted into the coronary sinus and were manipulated to major LV coronary veins of perfusion fixed human hearts (n = 26). Observed venous valves were categorized by type and location and compared among the major LV veins. RESULTS: Discernible venous valves were present in 23 of 26 examined hearts (89%); altogether, 105 valves were identified. Sixty-one of the valves were observed at the ostia to smaller branch veins (58% of all valves observed). CONCLUSIONS: Coronary venous valves could hinder or aid in the advancement of guide wires, catheters, and/or the placement of leads for a variety of cardiac interventional procedures. The characterization and quantification of venous valves could explain the difficulty or success in accessing targeted coronary venous locations.
Sara E Anderson; Jason L Quill; Paul A Iaizzo
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Publication Detail:
Type:  In Vitro; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-08-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of interventional cardiac electrophysiology : an international journal of arrhythmias and pacing     Volume:  23     ISSN:  1383-875X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Interv Card Electrophysiol     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-20     Completed Date:  2009-02-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9708966     Medline TA:  J Interv Card Electrophysiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  95-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Surgery, University of Minnesota, B172 Mayo, MMC 107, 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Coronary Vessels / anatomy & histology*
Fiber Optic Technology
Heart Ventricles / anatomy & histology*
Middle Aged
Venous Valves / anatomy & histology*

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