Quantcast Describing the Pulse - Nursing Fundamentals II

Share on Google+Share on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on TwitterShare on DiggShare on Stumble Upon
Custom Search
 
  
 
average rate than men. The pulse of an infant ranges from 120 to 140 beats per minute.
Rates for children vary according to the size and the age of the child.
c. Activity affects the pulse rate. Exercise or heavy physical work cause the heart
to beat faster and the pulse rate to increase. Excitement, anger, and fear increase the
rate. Some drugs, such as caffeine, may also increase the pulse rate. If the patient has a
fever, the pulse rate increases in proportion to the body's temperature: the pulse rate goes
up about 10 beats for every 1F (0.56C). These conditions cause a temporary increase in
the heartbeat and pulse rate. The heartbeat and pulse rate that is consistently above
normal may be a sign of heart disease, heart failure, hemorrhage, an overactive thyroid
gland, or some other serious disturbance. The term for an abnormally rapid heartbeat is
tachycardia. When the heartbeat is continuously slow, below 60 per minute, the condition
is called bradycardia.
4-13. DESCRIBING THE PULSE
a. Pulse rate describes how often the heart beats.
b. Pulse volume describes the force with which the heart beats. The volume of
the pulse varies with the volume of blood in the arteries, the strength of the heart
contractions, and the elasticity of the blood vessels. A normal pulse can be felt with
moderate pressure of the finger. When every beat is easily felt, the pulse is described as
strong. When greater pressure exerted by the finger cannot blot out the pulse, it is called
full or bounding. A pulse with little force is described as weak or thready.
c. Pulse rhythm is the spacing of the heartbeats. When the intervals between
the beats are the same, the pulse is described as normal or regular. When the pulse
skips a beat occasionally, it is described as intermittent or irregular. A pulse may be
regular in rhythm but irregular in force, with every other beat being weak. To obtain an
accurate assessment of the heart rate, the pulse is counted by listening directly to the
heart (apical pulse).
4-14. FACTORS, WHICH AFFECT THE PULSE RATE
The pulse rate is an indicator of how fast the heart beats. The pulse rate is affected
by several factors.
a. Age. A normal pulse for infants range from 90 to 170 and the rate gradually
decreases up to age 14 when it is equal to the normal adult pulse rate of 60 to 100.
b. Body Build and Size. A short, fat person may have a higher rate than a tall,
slender person.
c. Blood Pressure. As the blood pressure decreases, the pulse will frequently
increase.
MD0906
4-11



Medical News
Time out for exercise
University of Queensland researcher has found that restructuring our daily...
medicalxpress.com
Faster fish thanks to nMLF neurons
As we walk along a street, we can stroll at...
medicalxpress.com
Scientists identify body language tied to creativity, learning
The ability to quickly scan another person's body language or...
medicalxpress.com
More research needed on medication management in dementia
Family carers of people with dementia need more help with...
medicalxpress.com
Recently identified molecule could lead to new way to repair tendons
It's an all-too familiar scenario for many people. You sprain...
medicalxpress.com
Diabetes discovery illuminates path to new drugs
To David Altshuler, the recent discovery of a genetic mutation...
medicalxpress.com
EPFL joins forces with pharmaceutical company to fight tuberculosis
The pharmaceutical company Nearmedic is collaborating with EPFL to participate...
medicalxpress.com
Does Healthy Pitcher's UCL Size Matter?
(MedPage Today) -- A prime Major League Baseball prospect reportedly...
medpagetoday.com
How we got ahead in HIV control
When AIDS first emerged in the early 1980s, HIV infection...
medicalxpress.com
Viewing dentistry in a new light
Dental X-rays expose patients to radiation, require time to process,...
medicalxpress.com
New technology allows hair to reflect almost any color
What if you could alter your hair to reflect any...
medicalxpress.com
Possible risk of folic acid overexposure
A new study has shown that synthetic folic acid, the...
medicalxpress.com
FDA approves hard-to-abuse narcotic painkiller
(HealthDay)—A new formulation of a powerful narcotic painkiller that discourages...
medicalxpress.com
Is coffee aggravating your hot flashes?
(HealthDay)—Drinking caffeine may worsen the hot flashes and night sweats...
medicalxpress.com
Neymar's brain on auto-pilot - Japan neurologists
Brazilian superstar Neymar's brain activity while dancing past opponents is...
medicalxpress.com
Race affects opioid selection for cancer pain
(HealthDay)—Racial disparities exist in the type of opioid prescribed for...
medicalxpress.com
Patients give high marks to shared medical appointments
(HealthDay)—Shared medical appointments (SMAs) improve patient satisfaction with primary care,...
medicalxpress.com
Beatings and addiction: Pakistan drug 'clinic' prescribes torture
Hashish addict Noor Rehman has spent three years chained to...
medicalxpress.com
AAFP: family docs report potential misuse of MGMA data
(HealthDay)—Reports from family physicians have been received that employers may...
medicalxpress.com
Chicken off McDonald's HK menu after food scandal
(AP)—McDonald's restaurants in Hong Kong have taken chicken nuggets and...
medicalxpress.com
 


Privacy Statement - Copyright Information. - Contact Us

comments powered by Disqus

Integrated Publishing, Inc.
9438 US Hwy 19N #311 Port Richey, FL 34668

Phone For Parts Inquiries: (727) 755-3260
Google +