Table 7.3Most Frequently Used Examination Sequence of the Cardiovascular System

Anatomic structurePatient positionChapter
Carotid pulseSupine, 15–30° trunk elevation20
Jugular venous pulseSupine, 15–45° trunk elevation (occasionally 45–90°)19
Precordial pulsationsSupine (occasionally left lateral)21
AuscultationSupine, left lateral and sitting (occasionally standing and squatting)2228
Peripheral arterial pulsesSupine30
Peripheral venous pulsesSupine30

From: Chapter 7, An Overview of the Cardiovascular System

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Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations. 3rd edition.
Walker HK, Hall WD, Hurst JW, editors.
Boston: Butterworths; 1990.
Copyright © 1990, Butterworth Publishers, a division of Reed Publishing.

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