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Clinical Laboratory Test:
vital signs — pulse

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The clinical test pulse is a measure of the patient's heart rate. It is obtained by taking the patient's pulse at the radial artery, located on the wrist. To take the pulse, the clinician places two fingers on the patient's wrist and counts the number of beats in a 15-second period. The number of beats in that period is then multiplied by four to get the patient's heart rate. The pulse rate can also be taken at the carotid artery, located in the neck, or at the femoral artery, located in the groin.

  • heart beat
  • heart rate
  • HR
  • pulse rate
Some Diseases Associated with an Abnormal Pulse
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All of the following must be considered when interpreting clinical findings and are too extensive to be covered on this site: