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What are the risks of the Valsalva maneuver?

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The Valsalva maneuver can put an unhealthy strain on your heart. It can also raise your blood pressure. If you have coronary heart disease, a congenital heart defect, or other heart conditions, your doctor may advise you not to do it.

If you sometimes have episodes of tachycardia, talk with your doctor about all your treatment options.

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “Atrioventricular node,” “Tachycardia / Fast Heart Rate,” "Congenital Heart Defects and Physical Activity."

Mayo Clinic: "Tachycardia: Symptoms and Causes."

Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions: "Ice Bucket Challenge -- For the Heart?"

Cleveland Clinic Wellness: "What Happens in Vagus."

UCSF Department of Surgery: "Arrhythmias."

Stanford Health Care: "Vagal Maneuver Treatment."

American Family Physician: “Management of Common Arrhythmias: Part I. Supraventricular Arrhythmias,” “Performing Carotid Sinus Massage in Elderly Patients.”

UpToDate: “Vagal maneuvers.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 09, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: “Atrioventricular node,” “Tachycardia / Fast Heart Rate,” "Congenital Heart Defects and Physical Activity."

Mayo Clinic: "Tachycardia: Symptoms and Causes."

Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions: "Ice Bucket Challenge -- For the Heart?"

Cleveland Clinic Wellness: "What Happens in Vagus."

UCSF Department of Surgery: "Arrhythmias."

Stanford Health Care: "Vagal Maneuver Treatment."

American Family Physician: “Management of Common Arrhythmias: Part I. Supraventricular Arrhythmias,” “Performing Carotid Sinus Massage in Elderly Patients.”

UpToDate: “Vagal maneuvers.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 09, 2018

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