valsalva manoeuvre

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valsalva manoeuvre

The effort to breathe out forcibly while the mouth and nose are firmly closed or the vocal cords pressed together. The valsalva manoeuvre is employed while straining at stool and in other circumstances. It causes a rise in blood pressure followed by a sharp drop and then a second sharp rise in blood pressure. This may be dangerous in people with heart disease and should be avoided. (Antonio Maria Valsalva, 1666–1723, Italian anatomist).
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After attempting further Valsalva manoeuvres and drinking iced water, I decided it was time to seek help.
The palpitations were still happening and I was now becoming increasingly anxious, as my usual tricks of gulping down copious amounts of water and trying a covert Valsalva manoeuvre had failed to stop the irregular beats.
(6) Valsalva manoeuvres have been implicated as the cause of SPM.
Most cases were related to activities that resulted in a prolonged Valsalva manoeuvre such as coughing, strenuous sport, or the use of inhaled drugs such as cocaine and marijuana (10%).