counterpulsation

(koun″tәr-pәl-sa┬┤shәn) a technique for assisting the circulation and decreasing the work of the heart by synchronizing the force of an external pumping device with cardiac systole and diastole. intra-aortic balloon (IAB) counterpulsation circulatory support provid...
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counterpulsation

A technique for assisting the circulation by decreasing the afterload of the left ventricle and augmenting the diastolic pressure. It may be achieved by intra-aortic balloon, or by implanting a special pumping device in the chest, or externally by applying a negative pressure to the lower extremities during cardiac systole. ... (12 Dec 1998) ...
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Counterpulsation

Counterpulsation: A technique that synchronizes the external pumping of blood with the heart's cycle to assist the circulation and decreasing the work of the heart. Counterpulsation pumps when the heart is resting to increase blood flow and oxygen to the heart. Counterpulsation stops pumping when the heart is working to decrease the heart's workloa...
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counterpulsation

Type: Term Pronunciation: kown′ter-pŭl-sā′shŭn Definitions: 1. A means of assisting the failing heart by automatically removing arterial blood just before and during ventricular ejection and returning it to the circulation during diastole; a balloon catheter is inserted into the aorta and activated by an automatic mechani...
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