Rhythm of pulse question...

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Palpating for carotid pulse and radial pulse. Is it abnormal to feel that the carotid pulse's rhythm seems like a "Lub Dub" (think heart sound) and the radial feels just like "lub" continuously?

If that is abnormal, what would that signal?



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Specializes in tele, ICU.

i have no idea - the only thing i can think of is that the point where you take your radial pulse is more distal to the heart than the carotid artery, and the carotid is a bigger artery than the radial which may account for how much of a pressure wave you feel.

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