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Is my constant visual radial pulse serious?
Dear Sir/Madam, after a hard working day with my hands, I have a constant visual pulse in radial artery at the right wrist for four days till now. It's completely visible but no pain whatsoever, and I have to mention that 15 years ago, I had surgery in this wrist due to a cut to ulnar vein and nerve. I am a 31 year old male and physically active. Can you please tell me if it's serious and what may cause such symptom?
submitted by Joe from Toronto, Canada on 12/26/2012
by Texas Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeon, Denton A. Cooley, MD
Most likely, the prominent radial pulse is compensation for the divided ulnar vessel you mentioned. It would be of interest to know whether your blood pressure is normal or elevated when you observe the prominent pulsation. Overall, I do not believe it represents a serious concern.
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Updated January 2013