The collapsing pulse

Coats, Caroline; Elliott, Perry
May 2012
British Journal of Hospital Medicine (17508460);May2012 Supplement, pC78
Academic Journal
The article offers information on pathophysiology and detection of a collapsing pulse, a pulse with rapid upstroke and descent. The collapsing pulse is typically seen in severe aortic regurgitation, associated with wide pulse pressure and prolonged diastolic murmur. Clinical implications of collapsing pulse including aetiology, acute and chronic aortic regurgitation are discussed. The article recommends performance of an aortic valve replacement before left ventricular function deteriorates.


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