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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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After doing weights noticed for a few secs there is no pulse in left wrist or faint, gp said left blood vessel probs narrower, pulse everywh else stil?

After doing weights noticed for a few secs there is no pulse in left wrist or faint, gp said left blood vessel probs narrower, pulse everywh else stil?

Doctor can evaluate: Such symptoms may be due to increased muscle size from weight training. The increased muscle size sometimes compresses the blood vessels (don't want that!). Nerves may get compressed too. A sports medicine doctor can evaluate. A vascular or thoracic surgeon can give an opinion too (who can treat problems like thoracic outlet syndrome). Meanwhile, one may consider stopping training that muscle.

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Hi, my pulse is very weak. I've been suffering lately from orthostatic tachycardia and faintness and had heart tests done but the very weak pulse is new with more frequent chest and jaw discomfort.

Hi, my pulse is very weak. I've been suffering lately from orthostatic tachycardia and faintness and had heart tests done but the very weak pulse is new with more frequent chest and jaw discomfort.

Too compicated: This is not an issue to be addressed on the internet. You need a good cardiologist or an internist with good cardiovascular knowledge to see and manage you aggressively. Could not even begin to answer your question (if I knew what it was) without full records, exam and testing.

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Dr. Atul Singh Dr. Singh
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
24 years in practice
Gujarat University, B. J. Medical College
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Can high bp cause tremors in my right hand? Bp several times been measured at 180+/90.....can it also cause faintness and breathlessness?

Can high bp cause tremors in my right hand? Bp several times been measured at 180+/90.....can it also cause faintness and breathlessness?

HTN: Tremor is not usual due to just high BP. Other reasons need to be looked for. Some of ther symptoms you describe are concerning and can be due to your uncontrolled BP or effect to other organs due to HTN. You should contact your MD asap and if you are feeling unwell should seek care now. Best of luck.

Dr. Nicholas Nomicos Dr. Nomicos
General Practice
years in practice
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
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Weak pulse in wrist also low?

Weak pulse in wrist also low?

Not necessarily: Wrist pulses may or may not correlate with blood pressure. How a pulse feels to the fingers is affected by many factors. Blood pressure is more accurately measured on the upper arm. Wrist BP monitors are helpful but they really need to be verified with more accurate means.

Dr. M. Hytham Beck Dr. Beck
Surgery
39 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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I can see the pulse in my wrist is this normal?

I can see the pulse in my wrist is this normal?

Yes: If you are skinny yes it is normal if you are not still normal unless you are having some kind of cyst pushing the artery up. Either way it is normal as long as you do not have any symptoms of pain or anything that will make the hand feel abnormal.

Dr. Budi Bahureksa Dr. Bahureksa
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
27 years in practice
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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My pulse feels weak in both wrists, is this cause for concern?

My pulse feels weak in both wrists, is this cause for concern?

Not really: As long as you are feeling ok -- and make sure that you eat well.

Dr. Julie Abbott Dr. Abbott
Preventive Medicine
41 years in practice
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Should I be worried if I can't find pulse in wrist but normal pulse in neck?

Should I be worried if I can't find pulse in wrist but normal pulse in neck?

No, not to worry: Being able to detect a pulse by applying pressure over an artery requires the artery to be quite superficial and easy to feel under the skin. Not everybody's artery is in a location that makes it easy to feel, whether that is at the neck, wrist or groin. As long as you are conscious and can feel a good pulse somewhere, you are good to go!

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Dr. Bradford Romans Dr. Romans
Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr Dr. O'leary jr
Urgent Care
15 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Why do we take our pulse at wrist or neck instead of chest? It seems easier to find the pulse at the chest

Why do we take our pulse at wrist or neck instead of chest? It seems easier to find the pulse at the chest

Pulse: The peripheral pulses are important for judging peripheral perfusion and have higher SVP and lower DBP due to the Hill Effect however pulses are also taken in the neck (carotid), brachial (arm) and legs (femoral, popliteal, dorsalis pedis and posterior tibial). I listen to the heart to evaluate heart sounds s1 and s2 and also the rate and rhythm including any murmurs, rubs, gallops.

Dr. Jordan Safirstein Dr. Safirstein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
16 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Is taking your pulse at the chest going to give you inaccurate readings or a different reading then taking it at wrist?

Is taking your pulse at the chest going to give you inaccurate readings or a different reading then taking it at wrist?

Tough place: The chest is a difficult place to feel the pulse - and probably more so for women (for obvious reasons). The "pulse" of the chest I suppose would be felt at the tip of the heart, or the apical impulse but this can be challenging to assess. The radial pulse on the underside of your wrist is usually much easier palpated.

Dr. Jovita Anyanwu Dr. Anyanwu
Internal Medicine
26 years in practice
Lyceum Northwestern, Dr. Francisco Q. Duque Medical Foundation
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Dr. Karen Butler Dr. Butler
Family Medicine
17 years in practice
Central University of the East School of Medicine (UCE)
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I have Paronychia. I went to the Dr. Yesterday and I am taking antiabiotics. I notice today a little red line up my wrist but it got faint after I too?

I have Paronychia. I went to the Dr. Yesterday and I am taking antiabiotics. I notice today a little red line up my wrist but it got faint after I too?

Take the antibiotic: You just started the antibiotic. The medication needs time to enter the system. Now you can mark the area to see if it worsens if it does contact doctor right away

Dr. Fred Vandusen Dr. Vandusen
Family Medicine
26 years in practice
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
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What is cause or symptom of left wrist pulsing without pain?

What is cause or symptom of left wrist pulsing without pain?

Artery or nerve: Sometimes irritated nerves can cause muscle to twitch or perhaps one of the arteries in your left wrist is closer to the skin. It is nothing to worry about unless you have deteriorated strength or coordination

Dr. Bennett Werner Dr. Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
40 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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I can see my pulse bulging in my wrist, had an IV a few days ago, should I be worried?

I can see my pulse bulging in my wrist, had an IV a few days ago, should I be worried?

No: Ivs (which is an abbreviation for "intravenous" have nothing to do with your pulse (which is the pulsation of an artery). Your radial artery is often visible as a pulsation on the inner aspect of your wrist just above your thumb. What you probably see is bulging of the vein. If it doesn't hurt, it's probably normal. (it will collapse if you raise you hand above the level of your heart).

Dr. Mohammad Ashori Dr. Ashori
Family Medicine
12 years in practice
University of California - David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
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I can feel an see my pulse in my right wrist I have anxiety is this normal I've never felt this before an I am worried?

I can feel an see my pulse in my right wrist I have anxiety is this normal I've never felt this before an I am worried?

It's not concerning: When you are anxious, or even during normal times, it can be perfectly fine to see your vessels pulsating in various areas of your body. The next, the inner elbow and the wrist are common areas. Some will even feel their pulse in their throat or sides of the head. These symptoms alone are not a cause for concern.

Dr. Donald Gieck Dr. Gieck
Clinical Psychology
10 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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I can feel an see my pulse in my right wrist I have anxiety is this normal I've never felt this before an I am worried?

I can feel an see my pulse in my right wrist I have anxiety is this normal I've never felt this before an I am worried?

Would not worry: The pulse in your wrist is not likely abnormal. In fact there is a specific point and similar areas around the body where a pulse can be observed. And of course anxiety can increase heart rate which may in turn increase the pulse. Hope this helps your anxiety. Be well.

Dr. Amrit Singh Dr. Singh
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
47 years in practice
Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Government Medical College, Patiala
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