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The taking of the pulse, that seemingly most rudimentary of all techniques of physical diagnosis, is perhaps thought by many to be a mundane procedure incapable of revealing much more than the heart rate. Similarly, many physicians ignore the arterial pressure tracings displayed on cathode ray tubes in the intensive care unit and consider only the numeric display of the blood pressure worthy of attention. Other physicians, however, recognize that the examination of the arterial pressure pulse contour is a clinical tool capable of sometimes providing important information on cardiovascular function. To these individuals, the descriptive terms anacrotic pulse, bisferiens
The Arterial Pulse. Ann Intern Med. ;117:539. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-6-539_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(6):539.
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