cannon a wave
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cannon 'a' waveCardiology An abnormal jugular venous pressure curve with an accentuated 'a' wave of sufficient intensity to cause the earlobes to 'flap', due to ↓ right ventricular compliance, tricuspid stenosis or an arrhythmia in which the atrium contracts against a closed or stenosed tricuspid valve; a less 'explosive' but still prominent 'a' wave may by associated with pulmonary HTN; CAWs may be regular, as are AV junctional rhythms, where a CAW occurs every 2nd beat in a 2:1 block, or irregular, which are more common and may occur in complete heart blocks without A Fib, V tach, AV dissociation
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