vagal maneuver

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Related to vagal maneuver: Valsalva maneuver, carotid sinus massage

vagal maneuver

Any physical action that increases parasympathetic tone and decreases the conduction of the electrical impulses of the heart. Vagal maneuvers may be used as first-line interventions in the evaluation or management of supraventricular tachycardias. Examples include bearing down or straining; massaging the carotid sinus; coughing; gagging; or immersing the face or neck in ice water. See: Valsalva's maneuver


pertaining to the vagus nerve.

vagal attack
see vasovagal attack.
vagal maneuver
pressure on the carotid sinus or eyeball to terminate supraventricular tachycardia.