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Definition: 'Paradoxic Pulse'

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paradoxic pulse

Type: Term

Definitions:
1. an exaggeration of the normal variation in the systemic arterial pulse volume with respiration, becoming weaker with inspiration and stronger with expiration; characteristic of cardiac tamponade, rare in constrictive pericarditis; so called because these changes are independent of changes in the cardiac rate as measured directly or by electrocardiogram.

Synonyms: pulsus paradoxus, pulsus respiratione intermittens



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