Why Take An Apical Pulse?


Medical professionals take an apical pulse when the pulse is too weak to hear elsewhere. An apical pulse is taken by placing a stethoscope over the apex of the heart. The apex is the lower pointed end of the heart.
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The pulse at your heart.
Apical pulse is the heart rate when measured with a stethoscope placed over the heart.
It's a pulse measured near the apex of the heart. Usually at the 5th intercostal space.
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You should take an apical pulse because it is the closest location to the heart where you can determine if something is wrong with the heart rate. The apical pulse is felt or heard over the apex of the heart. The heart beat/pulse here will be stronger than anywhere else in the body.
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