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What are vagal maneuvers?

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Vagal maneuvers are ways to treat a fast heart rate of more than 100 beats per minute that starts in the upper chambers of your heart, the atria. Doctors call this type of heartbeat supraventricular tachycardia, or SVT.

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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