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How do you differentiate jugular venous pulsations from carotid artery pulsations ?

How do you differentiate jugular venous pulsations from carotid artery pulsations ? 

Unlike the arterial pulse, the venous pulse has a definite upper level which falls during inspiration and changes with posture. 

The venous pulse is seen to have a dominant inward motion, towards the midline (the 'y' descent), whereas l~he arterial pulse exhibits a dominant outward wave. 

The venous pulse is better seen than felt, whereas the arterial pulse is readily felt by very slight pressure of the clinician's finger.
How do you differentiate jugular venous pulsations from carotid artery pulsations ? 

Unlike the arterial pulse, the venous pulse has a definite upper level which falls during inspiration and changes with posture. 

The venous pulse is seen to have a dominant inward motion, towards the midline (the 'y' descent), whereas l~he arterial pulse exhibits a dominant outward wave. 

The venous pulse is better seen than felt, whereas the arterial pulse is readily felt by very slight pressure of the clinician's finger.

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