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Medical Term:

counterpulsation

Pronunciation: kown'ter-pul-sa'shun

Definition

A means of assisting the failing heart by automatically removing arterial blood just before and during ventricular ejection and returning it to the circulation during diastole; a balloon catheter is inserted into the aorta and activated by an automatic mechanism triggered by the ECG.

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