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What Is a Bounding Pulse?

The heartbeat rate that is felt at various arteries is called the pulse. A bounding pulse is a powerful and strong pulse which is experienced for a short period. Some bounding pulses can be seen and felt just underneath the skin if there is an artery located there.

Under normal conditions, a bounding pulse can be caused by strenuous exercise, anxiety, pregnancy, fever and alcohol use. The bounding pulse is generally a reflection of a rapid heartbeat. The sensation of a pulse is very obvious to the individual without even touching a pulse point. After a few minutes of rest, the pulse returns to normal, so this is not a cause for concern.

Sometimes, however, a bounding pulse indicates serious medical issues or conditions. The bounding pulse could mean that there is too much fluid in the circulatory system, this is called fluid overload. The bounding pulse is also an indicator of high blood pressure, aortic valve regurgitation, heart failure and chronic kidney failure.

Consult your doctor if you experience a sudden, persistent bounding pulse with no underlying normal circumstances. If a bounding pulse returns after or persists during a period of rest, this is a cause of concern. The doctor may monitor the heart and ask some questions as they investigate the causes of the bounding pulse. Diagnostic testing of the bounding pulse generally includes a chest s-ray, blood tests with emphasis on the blood count, an echocardiogram and an electrocardiogram. The results of these tests determine the treatment options.

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