A 16-year-old female asked:
what does it mean if you feel a pulse above your belly button?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae answered
38 years experience Pain Management
Pulse: It means you feel a pulse above the belly button. People who are thin can very often feel the aorta pulsing in this area.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
Dr. James Henning answered
49 years experience Anesthesiology
The Aorta: Can often be felt in thin individuals pulsating above the umbilicus, especially when pressing downward with the fingers. That said, this should be no cause for alarm. But, in older individuals, those who are obese, smoke, or have other high "risk factors" for vascular disease, feeling these pulses warrant immediate evaluation by professionals to "rule out" serious problems.
Answered on Sep 2, 2017
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