Bounding pulse

Bounding pulse

Bounding pulse is the medical sign which characterizes by a bounding and forceful pulse felt at the radial artery. It occurs normally with heavy exercise, pregnancy, fever, or high anxiety. A bounding pulse is also often associated with high blood pressure or fluid overload. Fluid overload can occur with heart failure, aortic valve regurgitation, chronic kidney failure, and other conditions.

To feel a bounding pulse, palpate the radial artery with the distal palmar edge lightly. You will feel a bounding and forceful character.

Its cause is wide pulse pressure, which can occur in CVD due to:

1. PDA2. Aortic regurgitation3. Atherosclerosis4. Increased CO

It is also seen in other conditions including anemia, fever, pregnancy and thyrotoxicosis.

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