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

  • adj. Relating to or involving blood vessels and the vagus nerve.

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  • adj. Pertaining to the vagus nerve as well as the vascular system; often describing an attack etc. characterised by slowing of the pulse and a fall in blood pressure.


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From vaso- +‎ vagal.


  • SANJAY GUPTA, CNN MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: ... called a vasovagal syndrome.

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  • The phenomenon, known as vasovagal syncope, can also cause vomiting because the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows down the heart rate and drops your blood pressure

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  • A condition known as vasovagal syncope can reduce the heart rate and blood pressure -- particularly if the victim is dehydrated.

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  • Eaves was suffering from a medical condition known as vasovagal syncope, which causes fainting spells. RSS - home

  • "it is called a vasovagal episode - the vagus nerve is stimulated by coughing. this lowers the heart rate and drops the blood pressure. may cause a loss of consciousness."

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  • Other reasons could be from vasovagal syndrome which also causes low blood pressure.

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  • Ray had his alleged vasovagal reaction, my husband was the one who suggested the cause: straining at stool–and smiled when he said it.

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  • In addition, I suffered from vasovagal syncope, a fainting and seizure disorder caused by the heart sending incorrect signals from the brain to the vagus nerve and failing to pump enough blood through the body, “cured” by doctors surgically implanting a pacemaker when I was twenty-eight.

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  • The doctors described the episode to be an extreme case of a vasovagal reaction or neurocardiogenic syncope -- an abnormal reflex to wounds or punctures that results in a blood pressure drop leading to decreased blood flow to the brain.

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  • Apparently, you can have a vasovagal reaction while er, pushing, and this can drop BP quite low.

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