pulse (peripheral)

Last reviewed 01/2018

The arterial pulse is examined for the rate, rhythm, amplitude and wave form.

The radial pulse is sufficiently obvious for analysis of rate and rhythm. The left and right radial pulses are simultaneously to check for discrepancies between the two sides.

The amplitude and wave form of the aortic pulse are best assessed by palpation of the carotid arteries.

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