Difference between Apical and Radial Pulse?


The difference between the apical pulse and radial pulse is the location the heart rate is taken. The apical pulse is found by listening to the chest with a stethoscope. The radial pulse is determined by palpating the artery at the wrist. The location is below the thumb on either wrist.

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