Robert M. Mills Jr., M.D.; John A. Kastor, M.D.
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One hundred thirty-three subjects were examined to evaluate a quantitative system for grading the cardiac apical impulse and to compare palpatory findings supine versus the left lateral decubitus position (LLDP). Impulses were graded from 1 to 4 in both force and duration by simultaneous auscultation and palpation. Those with force and duration of 2 or less were found primarily in normals and were designated physiologic. The remainder were divided into sustained (duration 3 or 4) and hyperkinetic (force 3 or 4) on the basis of the dominant abnormality.
In 76 subjects over 30 years old, 32 had palpable impulses supine;
Mills RM, Kastor JA. Cardiac Palpation: Quantitative Clinical Grading Using the Left Lateral Decubitus Position.. Ann Intern Med. 1972;76:866. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-5-866_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(5):866.
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