Medical Definition of Valsalva maneuver

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Valsalva maneuver: A maneuver in which one tries with force to exhale with the windpipe closed, impeding the return of venous blood to the heart.

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Reviewed on 12/27/2018

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