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Pulse - weak or absent
Alternative namesWeak pulse; Absent pulse
DefinitionDifficulty in feeling a pulse or an inability to detect a pulse at all. See also the information on CPR for more information about first-aid procedures.
ConsiderationsAn absent or weak pulse may affect one limb or affect the whole body.
The absence of a pulse as determined by a lay person may not indicate a problem. Sometimes the process itself of feeling for a pulse (such as in the wrist) can make a pulse hard to detect.
Home CareFollow the treatment prescribed by your health care provider. CPR may be necessary!
Call your health care provider if
Your medical provider will obtain a medical history, do a physical exam, and ask questions like:
Diagnostic tests may include:
Update Date: 6/8/2003David Webner, M.D., Department of Family Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT