CAROTID ARTERY PULSE is a topic covered in the Harrison's Manual of Medicine.

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  • Pulsus parvus: Weak upstroke due to decreased stroke volume (hypovolemia, LV failure, aortic or mitral stenosis [MS]) (Fig. 110-1)
  • Pulsus tardus: Delayed upstroke (aortic stenosis)
  • Bounding (hyperkinetic) pulse: Hyperkinetic circulation, aortic regurgitation, patent ductus arteriosus, marked vasodilation
  • Pulsus bisferiens: Double systolic pulsation (aortic regurgitation, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy)
  • Pulsus alternans: Regular alteration in pulse pressure amplitude (severe LV dysfunction)
  • Pulsus paradoxus: Exaggerated inspiratory fall (>10 mmHg) in systolic bp (pericardial tamponade, severe obstructive lung disease)
FIGURE 110-1

Carotid artery pulse patterns.

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