jugular venous pressure and pulse
Last reviewed 01/2018
The internal jugular vein provides information about right atrial and right ventricular function. It is preferred to the external jugular vein which runs a more tortuous course and is subject to compression as it enters the chest.
Pulsations observed in the internal jugular vein reflect movements of the top of a column of blood that extends into the right atrium.
discrimination of the JVP from the carotid pulse
raised jugular venous pressure