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Valsalva test

Pronunciation: vahl-sahl'va

Definition: the heart is monitored by ECG, pressure recording, or other methods while the patient performs the Valsalva maneuver; carciac volume decreases in unaffected patients but may dilate in the patient with impaired myocardial reserve; there is a characteristic complex sequence of cardiocirculatory events, departure from which indicates disease or malfunction.

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