Pulse – weak or absent

Alternative Names

Weak pulse; Absent pulse

Definition of Pulse – weak or absent

A weak pulse means you have difficulty feeling a person’s pulse (heartbeat). An absent pulse means you cannot detect a pulse at all.

Review

Linda Vorvick, MD, Family Physician, Seattle Site Coordinator, Lecturer, Pathophysiology, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 2/22/2009

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