What Causes Bounding Pulse

What causes bounded pulse?

Bounded pulse is a symptom which occurs when there are no blood vessels in the area where your heart beats. When there are no arteries supplying oxygenated blood to the heart, it cannot pump enough blood through the body. The result is low blood pressure or even death. If the problem gets worse, then your heartbeat may stop altogether.

The symptoms of bounded pulse include:

Shortness of breath (dyspnea)

Chest pain (angina pectoris)

Weakness (paraplegia)

Causes of bounding pulse?

There are several possible reasons for bounded pulse. Some of them are:

1. Heart disease : A heart attack is one cause for bounding pulse.

Another reason is if the heart muscle becomes weak due to age or other diseases.

2. Blood vessel blockage : The most common cause of bounding pulse is from blocked blood vessels in the lungs, brain, or stomach.

3. Weak heart : If your heart muscle becomes weakened due to aging or other diseases, it will not pump enough blood through your body causing bounding pulse.

4. Diseases of the lungs : An infection or other diseases that weaken the lung tissue can cause disease of the lungs leading to breathlessness and hence bounding pulse.

5. Overdose of drugs : If you have taken too many painkillers, they may lead to a reaction where your heart can’t pump enough blood through the body.

6. Allergic reaction : An allergic reaction to a particular drug might lead to your body releasing too many histamine into your blood, which will weaken the heart’s ability to pump blood and cause bounding pulse.

How do you treat bounding pulse?

The treatment is going to depend on what is causing it. If it is a heart condition, then you are likely to be given medication or possibly a pacemaker. If it is caused by a drug, then you may need to visit the doctor or take an antidote.

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Reference: National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute (NHLBI)

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