Pulse means the expansion and elongation of arterial walls passively produced by the pressure changes during systole and diastole of ventricle.
- Radial pulse
- Brachial pulse
- Carotid pulse
- Femoral pulse
- Popliteal pulse
- Posterior tibial pulse
- Pulse of arteria dorsalis pedis
- Condition of arterial wall
- Radio-femoral delay
Findings of different characteristics:
- Rate, Rhythm & Condition of the vessel wall: by Radial artery.
- Character & Volume: by Carotid pulse.
- Symmetry: by Simultaneous assessing both right & left radial pulse.
- Radio-femoral delay: by Simultaneous assessing of right radial pulse & right femoral pulse.
Radial Pulse :
At wrist , lateral to flexor carpi radialis tendon , place your three middle fingers over the radial pulse.
In antecubital fossa medial to biceps tendon. Use your thumb with your fingers cupped round the back of elbow.
- Palpate carotid pulse with the patient lying on a bed / couch
- Never compress both carotid arteries simultaneously.
- Use your left thumb for right carotid pulse & vice versa.
- Place tip of thumb b/w larynx & ant.border of sternocleidomastoid.