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(1) Valsalva maneuver: a forced exhalation against a closed airway.

(2) Valsalva, Antonio Maria (1666-1723): an Italian physician and anatomist, who first described the maneuver and its use to expel pus from the middle ear.


The medical uses of Valsalva includes the following:

  • as a diagnostic tool to test heart conditions and to identify any abnormal heart rhythms
  • a means to 'clear' the ears and sinuses
  • an aid to patients with multiple sclerosis to help them fully empty their bladder
  • a method to help men prevent premature ejaculation

Compare: Müller maneuver
See also: Valsalva manoeuvre, Valsalva test

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Help! Cutting the vagus nerve and force of contraction

Vagus nerve is a cranial nerve that when stimulated slows down the heart rate. That's why valsalva maneuver is a no-no to those with heart ailments.

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by mcar
Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:14 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: Help! Cutting the vagus nerve and force of contraction
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... and autonomic system in general goes through the same response as if you were moving from supine to standing..... this is officially called the Valsalva maneuver (for the record) Does this help or do you need more explaining? ERS

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by ERS
Mon Jan 23, 2006 12:45 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: dizzines
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