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General Considerations Regarding the Configuration of the Pulse 

General Considerations Regarding the Configuration of the Pulse
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General Considerations Regarding the Configuration of the Pulse
Author(s):

Marcus E. Raichle

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199358984.003.0003
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date: 22 September 2020

This chapter discusses the general considerations regarding the configuration of the pulse. The overall waveform is described as tricuspid. In addition, multiple terms that are used to describe variations that reflect functional changes or disorders are summarized. Mental activity is shown to be able to transform a tricuspid into a catacrotic pulse as recorded by the hydrosphygmograph in a medical student. The influence of nutritional state is also studied. Comparisons show that the cerebral pulse is often tricuspid, while the carotid pulse is often catacrotic. The chapter engages in an in-depth analysis of how to produce different changes in the arterial pulses of two forearms, as a means for understanding the basis for corresponding changes in the cerebral pulse under different conditions.

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