|When palpating arterial pulse, the clinician should note:
Count the pulse waves for 30 seconds and multiply by two or alternatively, count for 15 seconds and multiply by four. If the rate is very slow, fast, or irregular then it is suggested that you count for a full minute.
Is the rhythm or time between the beats consistent?
Does the volume or amplitude of the pulse wave feel normal? If this value is decreased (i.e., demonstrating a decreased stroke volume), it may be a reflection of dehydration or hypovolemia. An increased volume of the pulse wave may be due to abnormal metabolic states such as anemia, fever, and/or structural valvular heart disease.