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What does it mean if you feel a pulse above your belly button?

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 39 years experience
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.
Dr. James Henning
Anesthesiology 50 years experience
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.

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Last updated Nov 27, 2017

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