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Lump right side of neck. Ultrasound report rec. CT, CT normal. Valsalva maneuver shows slightly larger IJV on that side. No other symptoms. What next?

Lump right side of neck. Ultrasound report rec. CT, CT normal. Valsalva maneuver shows slightly larger IJV on that side. No other symptoms. What next?

See ENT doctor: You must have seen at least one doctor if you have had those tests. As the problem is still there and unresolved, see an ENT specialist for his/her evaluation ...Read more

Valsalva Maneuver (Definition)

The valsalva maneuver or valsalva manoeuvre is performed by moderately forceful attempted exhalation against a closed airway, usually done by closing one's mouth, pinching one's nose shut while pressing out as if ...Read more


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What happens when I do a valsalva maneuver?

Valsalva: Doing a valsalva maneuver will equalize the pressure between ears and sinuses if the area is not filled with mucus or swollen. It is also called "clearing your ears". ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: valsalva maneuver?

See below: The valsalva maneuver or valsalva manoeuvre is performed by moderately forceful attempted exhalation against a closed airway, usually done by closing one's mouth, pinching one's nose shut while pressing out as if blowing up a balloon. ...Read more

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A herniation of some sort is the only way to feel something move in your lower back w/a valsalva maneuver right?

A herniation of some sort is the only way to feel something move in your lower back w/a valsalva maneuver right?

Any thing: that increases pressure eg. coughing, V/m, bending forward may cause pain in back if u have heniated disc . other signs are pain going to legs, numbness in legs. if any mucle weakness occurs that is an emergency should see an ortho md ...Read more

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Why is the murmur of hocm louder on valsalva maneuver?

Why is the murmur of hocm louder on valsalva maneuver?

Anything : That decreases venous return leads to a reduction in volume to the heart. These changes will effect the intensity of murmurs. With the valsalva there ia a transient/ brief increase in output. The straining portion decreases venous return and will increase the intensity of the murmur.Heart rate will also increase. Standing abruptly will do the same. ...Read more

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Is it normal to experience a lot of nausea while performing a valsalva maneuver?

Is it normal to experience a lot of nausea while performing a valsalva maneuver?

Soemtimes: When some people swallow or bear down, the vagus nerve is overly stimulated and creates a nausea sensation. Usually this person has an excessive gag reflex as well. Try not to do a valsalva maneuver unnecessarily.. ...Read more

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how to perform a Valsalva Maneuver for SVT? If it didn't work, what other maneuver that I can do safely?

how to perform a Valsalva Maneuver for SVT? If it didn't work, what other maneuver that I can do safely?

Valsalva: A valsalva maneuver is bearing down as if having a bowel movement, or forceful exhalation against a closed airway as in closing mouth pinching nose shut while pressing out as if blowing up a balloon. Also massaging the carotid artery just under the angle of the jaw can arrest svt but do this sitting down or laying down as the drop in pulse can be dramatic. ...Read more

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Is it safe to perform the valsalva maneuver while scuba diving?

Is it safe to perform the valsalva maneuver while scuba diving?

Need to be able to: If you aren't able to valsalva then you should not be diving. Over-pressure from too aggressive a valsalva can damage the ear however. ...Read more

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How does valsalva maneuver slow the heart rate down? What's the mechanism?

How does valsalva maneuver slow the heart rate down? What's the mechanism?

The valsalva does: not slow the heart rate. It increases the heart rate during the time of increase in intrathoracic pressure due to restricted venous return. Wikipedia has a nice and easy to understand description: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valsalva_maneuver. If you mean slowing or breaking an episode of SVT it is from compensatory increased vagal tone. ...Read more

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What are some tips to relieve heart palps? I have chronic palps, on diltiazem ER 60mg 2x daily. Still have palps. Valsalva maneuver doesn't help.

What are some tips to relieve heart palps? I have chronic palps, on diltiazem ER 60mg 2x daily. Still have palps. Valsalva maneuver doesn't help.

Palpitation treat: Treatments include not using caffeine, alcohol , street drugs, smoking and other stimulant substances. Try to learn meditation and other calming techniques, cut out herbal substances, cough and cold medicines, nutritional supplements, see your doctor to be sure no direct heart problem and for treatment if the basics above don't help. ...Read more

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I tried the Valsalva maneuver to lower my HR due to drinking caffeine it from 90 to 75. But it made me kinda lightheaded and foggy. Why is that?

I tried the Valsalva maneuver to lower my HR due to drinking caffeine it from 90 to 75. But it made me kinda lightheaded and foggy. Why is that?

Physiology!: Great physiology question! When performing a valsalva maneuver, pressure in your chest rises which impedes venous return to the heart and leads to a decrease in stroke volume/cardiac output. This can lead to a transient feeling of dizziness. The effect should only last seconds. ...Read more

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If I have ear pain from ETD and what feels like excess pressure is the valsalva maneuver a bad idea?

If I have ear pain from ETD and what feels like excess pressure is the valsalva maneuver a bad idea?

ET Dysfunction: Once the issues behind the ET dysfunction are solved (infection, allergy, virus, etc) (not before) then it's important to start clearing you ears with a Valsalva menuver - I am a DAN (Divers Alert Network ) physician and see numerous scuba divers who can't clear their ears. We undertake to diagnose and fix the issues then they can start to Valsalva again (required in diving). ...Read more

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Valsalva maneuver resulted in ear barotrauma? What do I do? I was conjested &tried to rid blockage. Now theres pain and discomfort inside my right ear

Valsalva maneuver resulted in ear barotrauma? What do I do? I was conjested &tried to rid blockage. Now theres pain and discomfort inside my right ear

Ear pain: Hi, I believe you might have an Obstruction or blockage of the eustachian tube resulting in a negative middle ear pressure, with retraction (sucking in) of the eardrum membrane which is uncomfortable, you should see an MD for evaluation to make sure u have no infection, also evaluate for sign of allergy, you might benefit from a short course of Prednisone. ...Read more

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Is it safe to perform the Valsalva maneuver while I have an ear infection? (plugging my nose and blowing to pop my ears). The discomfort is really bad, but I don't want to try it if it could make the pain worse or cause damage.

Valsalva maybe: If you have negative pressure in the middle ear space, gentle Valsalva might provide relief. If you have positive pressure, could make it worse. How do you know you have an ear infection? I'd discuss with someone who has examined your ears and seem your ear drums. ...Read more

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Used too much pressure doing nasal irrigation. Left ear is clogged. Valsalva maneuver ineffective. Have been taking sudafed. Ineffective?

Used too much pressure doing nasal irrigation. Left ear is clogged. Valsalva maneuver ineffective.  Have been taking sudafed. Ineffective?

May need time: It may take a few days to weeks for the fluid to clear. Avoid irrigation for now but could continue sudafed. If the hearing is affected or continues for >4 weeks would see ENT to make sure nothing else is going on. ...Read more