Pulse - bounding

Definition

A bounding pulse is a strong and forceful pulse.

Alternative Names

Bounding pulse

Causes

A bounding pulse and rapid heart rate both occur in the following conditions or events:

When to Contact a Medical Professional

Call your health care provider if you experience a sudden, severe, or persistent increase in the intensity or rate of your pulse. This is particularly important when this increase is accompanied by other symptoms, or when it is not relieved by resting for a few minutes.

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

Your health care provider will perform a physical examination that includes checking your temperature, pulse, rate of breathing, and blood pressure. Your heart and circulation will also be examined.

Your provider will ask questions such as:

The following diagnostic tests may be performed:

References

Goldman L. Approach to the patient with possible cardiovascular disease. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24thed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 50.