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|+||Venous pressure is a term that represents the average [[blood pressure]] within the venous compartment. The term "central venous pressure" (CVP) describes the pressure in the thoracic vena cava near the right [[atrium]] (therefore CVP and right atrial pressure are essentially the same). CVP is an important concept in clinical cardiology because it is a major determinant of the filling pressure and therefore the preload of the right [[ventricle]], which regulates stroke volume through the Frank-Starling mechanism.|