Anatomy & Physiology Cardiac #17

Question

Which pulse is monitored by listening to the client’s heart with a stethoscope?

Answers

  1. Radial
    • Rationale:

      The radial pulse is assessed via palpation, not auscultation.

  2. Apical
    • Rationale:

      The apical pulse is assessed via auscultation and not palpation. Therefore, a stethoscope is required for this assessment.

  3. Carotid
    • Rationale:

      The carotid pulse is assessed via palpation, not auscultation.

  4. Femoral
    • Rationale:

      The femoral pulse is assessed via palpation, not auscultation.

Overview

A pulse is defined as a rhythmic throbbing of the arteries that is palpable as blood is propelled through the circulatory system.

Explanation

Learning Outcomes

The apical pulse is defined as the point of maximal impulse (PMI) and is located at the apex of the cardiac muscle. The nurse assesses the apical pulse using a stethoscope. The apical pulse is often assessed during a cardiac assessment and before the administration of medications.

Test Taking Tip

Consider the location of each pulse point to determine the correct choice for this question.

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