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What is pulse deficit?

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10/05/2010

It is the difference in the apical pulse and the radial pulse. These should be taken at the same time, which will require that 2 people take the pulse. One with a stethoscope and one at the wrist. Count for 1 full minute. The subtract the radial from the apical. This is the Pulse Deficit.