Do you know how to measure pulsus paradoxus?

September 12, 2013

Pulsus paradoxus is an exaggeration of the normal drop in blood pressure that occurs during inspiration. It’s seen in disease states such as cardiac tamponade and less commonly constrictive pericarditis. Watch the video below or visit our website to learn more!


Today’s Stanford Medicine 25 session was about Pulsus Paradoxus. Thanks to Dr. Ronald Witteles for leading this discussion! Breathing through straws, our residents and students were able to reproduce pulsus paradoxus and teach each other how to detect this important finding.

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