from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See cardiac massage.

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  • n. an emergency procedure that employs rhythmic compression of the heart (either through the chest wall or, during surgery, directly to the heart) in an attempt to maintain circulation during cardiac arrest


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  • He went over toward the operating table where Blake was now work­ing the heart massage with one of the fresh nurses attending to res­piration and casting longing glances toward the mechanical lung apparatus; it couldn't be used in this case, since Jorgenson's chest had to be free for heart attention.

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