Apical Heart Rate
The rate obtained by placing stethoscope over the apex of the chest wall and counting.
Pulse that feels full and strong to the touch.
A slow heart beat characterized by a pulse rate that is under 60 beats per minute.
Pulse with regular alterations of weak and strong beats without changes in cycle.
Pulse in which beats are occasionally skipped.
Pulse that varies in force and frequency.
Vibration of blood against the vessel wall.
Numerical difference between apical pulse and the radial pulse (ie: apical 101, radial 88, pulse deficit would be 13 BPM).
Numerical difference between systolic BP and diastolic BP (ie: systolic 136mm, diastolic 76mm, the pulse pressure is 60mm).
Radial Pulse Rate
Pulse rate obtained by placing fingertips on the radial artery at the wrist.
Pulse that feels weak to the touch.
Vital Signs Terminology - Pulse Terms