“Pulse” is one of the most iconic medical terms. It is symbolic of medicine and widely familiar as a measure of our heartbeat.
The term is as well known as the shape of a normal EKG or ECG reading, which is often dramatically illustrated in TV dramas to the soundtrack of the heartbeat’s classic sound.
But what is the best way to find and measure the pulse? This article gives straightforward guidance.
What is the pulse?
The pulse is simply the expansion of the arteries caused by the increases in blood pressure pushing against the elastic walls of the arteries each time our heart beats.1
These arterial expansions come and go with the same regularity against which the heart pumps our blood and then refills. The pulsations are felt at certain points on the body where larger arteries run closer to the skin.
Find out more from MNT about what the heart rate is exactly, with an article that also explains normal heart rate readings.
We also have an article that answers the question, what exactly is blood pressure? That page introduces information about abnormal blood pressures – the conditions known as hypotension and hypertension.
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