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Monitoring vital signs of pulse

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

It is the pulse wave of blood that originated in the contraction of the ventricle of the heart and resulting in the expansion and contraction regulate the caliber of the arteries.
The pulse wave represents the return of heartbeat, which is the amount of blood entering the arteries with each ventricular contraction and the adaptation of the arteries, ie, its ability to contract and dilate. It also provides information on the functioning of the aortic valve. The peripheral pulse is readily palpable in feet, hands, face and neck. It really can be felt in any area where a surface artery can be easily compressed against a bony surface. The pulse rate (beats per minute) corresponds to heart rate, which varies with age, sex, physical activity, emotional status, fever, drugs and bleeding.
Age: the pulse undergoes variation from the moment of birth to maturity and old age.
Sex: after puberty the pulse is slower in men than in women.
Physical exercise: pulse rate increases with physical activity. In athletes at rest is often diminished (bradycardia) due to the large size and strength of the heart. Athletes usually maintained a state of bradycardia. (more…)

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