counterpulsation

noun
coun·​ter·​pul·​sa·​tion | \ -ˌpəl-ˌsā-shən How to pronounce counterpulsation (audio) \

Medical Definition of counterpulsation

: a technique for reducing the workload on the heart by lowering systemic blood pressure just before or during expulsion of blood from the ventricle and by raising blood pressure during diastole — see intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation

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“Counterpulsation.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/counterpulsation. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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