Pulse - bounding


A bounding pulse is a strong and forceful heartbeat felt over one of the arteries in the body.

Alternative Names

Bounding pulse


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 the intensity or rate of your pulse increases suddenly and does not go away. This is very important when:

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

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

Your provider will ask questions such as:

The following diagnostic tests may be performed:


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