cardiac massage

noun

Medical Definition of cardiac massage

: the manual application of rhythmic pressure on the heart especially to resuscitate a person experiencing cardiac arrest

Note: Cardiac massage may be performed either internally through an opening in the chest wall by direct squeezing or externally through compression of the chest (as in cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

called also heart massage

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“Cardiac massage.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/cardiac%20massage. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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