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describes the 8 pulse sites on the human body

temporal pulse

palpated in front of the ear

carotid pulse

found in the neck

brachial pulse

Pulse felt in bend of either arm (inner side - follow arm up from pinkie finger)

radial pulse

the pulse site found on the inside of the wrist. thumb side

apical pulse

pulse taken with a stethoscope and near the apex of the heart

femoral pulse

Pulse felt on either side of the groin

popliteal pulse

pulse located behind each knee

pedal pulse

pulse located on top of the foot


the pressure of the blood felt against the wall of an artery as the heart alternately contracts(beats) and relaxes( rests0


how fast the pulse is


the character of a pulse


abnormally rapid pulse(over 100 beats per minute)


slow pulse rate, usually below 60 beats per minute

normal pulse rate in adults

60-90 beats per minute

normal pulse rate in children

school age 75-100, infants 120-160 beats per minute

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