Taking your carotid pulse

Taking your carotid pulse

The carotid arteries carry oxygenated blood from the heart to the brain. The pulse from the carotids may be felt on either side of the front of the neck, just below the angle of the jaw. This rhythmic "beat" is caused by varying volumes of blood being pushed out of the heart to the rest of the body.

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  • Last Reviewed on 05/21/2012
  • Harvey Simon, MD, Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital.

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