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					                      Vital Signs Terminology – Pulse


Pulse                 throbbing of an artery felt over a body prominence

Apical pulse          pulse counted at the apex of the heart

Apical-radial pulse    pulse counted at apex and wrist simultaneously and then rates
                       compared

Arrhythmia             absence of rhythm; irregularity such as cardiac arrhythmia

Arterial tension       compressibility of the wall of the artery; referred to as high or
                       low, soft and hard

Bounding pulse         pulse which reaches a higher level than normal, then quickly
                       disappears

Bradycardia            slow heart action; pulse lower than 60 beats per minute.

Fibrillation           extremely rapid, asynchronous contraction of heart

Paradoxical pulse      pulse which is more or less suppressed at close of each full
                       inspiration

Peripheral pulse       pulse recorded in arteries (radial or pedal)in distal portion of
                       limbs

Pulse Deficit          condition in which the number of pulse beats counted at the
                       radial site is less than those counted in the same period of time
                       at the heart

Radial pulse           pulse located on inner aspect of wrist where radial artery passes
                       over the radium

Tachycardia            abnormally rapid heart beat; pulse over 100 beats / minute

Thready pulse          fine, scarcely perceptible pulse

				
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