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What is a carotid sinus massage?

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Only a doctor should do this. You'll lie down and stick out your chin. The doctor will put pressure on your carotid sinus, a bundle of nerves surrounding the carotid artery in your neck just below your jaw, and make sure you're OK during the procedure.

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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