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Pulsus Alternans


  • This case illustrates that pulsus alternans can be present with diastolic dysfunction of the left ventricle in the absence of systolic dysfunction.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • A previously healthy 21-month-old presented with new-onset dilated cardiomyopathy. Evaluation noted pulsus alternans, with beat-to-beat alternations in aortic pulse wave amplitude, both clinically and on diagnostic studies.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • We present a case of a patient with severe heart failure, and systolic and diastolic pulsus alternans. This case may help clarify the mechanism of pulsus alternans.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • A 56-year-old man presented with severe aortic valve disease. Pulsus alternans was recorded in the left ventricle, apparently provoked by catheter placement through a stenotic aortic valve.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Figure 1 A 51-year-old woman presented with dyspnea on exertion and cardiomegaly. She had a long-standing history of poorly controlled hypertension.[nejm.org]
  • Stress-length relations, derived from resting and postnitroglycerin determinations, revealed higher end-systolic dimensions for weak beats at any level of limiting afterload, suggesting diminished contractile performance of weak beats.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • […] pressure was reduced from 24/23/22 mmHg (normal beat) to 5/10/6 mmHg (strong beat) and further to 3/7/4 mmHg (weak beat).[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Left ventricular diastolic function was evaluated in nine patients from simultaneous diastolic pressure-volume relations during the strong and weak beats.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Physical examination [ edit ] Begin by palpating the radial or femoral arteries, feeling for a regular rhythm but alternating strong and weak pulses.[en.wikipedia.org]
  • A slight difference was noted in the left ventricular end-diastolic diameters, with the weak beat consistently beginning at a slightly smaller diameter (61 /- 13; mm vs 59 /- 13; p less than 0.05).[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Renal Artery Stenosis
  • We describe a patient with recurrent pulmonary edema, hypertension, bilateral renal artery stenosis, but with normal systolic function. Pulsus alternans was demonstrated in both pulmonary artery, right ventricle, and left ventricle pressures.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
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Intravenous Administration
  • In all three patients, pulsus alternans developed after intravenous administration of the phosphodiesterase inhibitor enoximone.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
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Liver Dysfunction
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Low Back Pain
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Neck Pain
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Complete Left Bundle Branch Block
  • The observations documented the profound depressant hemodynamic effect of complete left bundle branch block in the setting of minimal systolic left ventricular function.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Prominent A-Wave
  • The rapid upstroke and prominent percussion wave result from rapid left ventricular ejection into the aorta during early systole.[de.slideshare.net]


  • Both mechanical and electrical alternans disappeared with afterload reduction by nitroprusside treatment.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • This report may be relevant to the currently accepted concepts of afterload reduction in the treatment of chronic congestive heart failure.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Most diseases that cause true pulses alternans do not require surgical treatment. Pulmonary embolectomy may be required for unresolved large pulmonary emboli.[medigoo.com]
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  • Specialty Cardiology Pulsus alternans is a physical finding with arterial pulse waveform showing alternating strong and weak beats. [1] It is almost always indicative of left ventricular systolic impairment, and carries a poor prognosis.[en.wikipedia.org]
  • […] pulse pressure heights–eg, every other beat; sustained PA is associated with severely depressed left ventricular function, accompanied by an altered blood flow in the aorta, left ventricular and systolic pressures, and often a 3 rd ventricular sound Prognosis[medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com]
  • Mechanisms and prognosis . Circulation 1966 ; 34 : 948 – 961 . 2. Weber , M . Pulsus alternans. A case study . Crit Care Nurse 2003 ; 23 : 51 – 54 . 3. Cooper , T , Braunwald , E , Morrow , AG .[cambridge.org]
  • Regardless of the underlying physiology, the significance of pulsus alternans as a harbinger of severe ventricular dysfunction and poor prognosis has been recognized and unquestioned since its description.[swjpcc.com]


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  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy Alcoholic cardiomyopathy Congestive heart failure Acute PE Following cardiac resuscitation During exercise tests Acute mental stress During PTCA Subarachnoid Hemorrhage T-Wave Alternans Etiology Congenital long QT syndrome[mdnxs.com]
  • Etiology • Familial in 55% of cases with autosomal dominant transmission • Mutations in one of 4 genes encoding proteins of cardiac sarcomere account for majority of familial cases • Most mutations novel (not useful for screening yet) Question 21 - What[medstudentlc.com]


  • He has since completed further training in emergency medicine, clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology and health professional education.[lifeinthefastlane.com]
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  • A review of the current concepts on the pathophysiology of pulsus alternans is included.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Pulsus alternans is an infrequent, complex pathophysiologic sign often associated with severe heart failure.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Pathophysiology [ edit ] One explanation is that in left ventricular dysfunction, the ejection fraction will decrease significantly, causing reduction in stroke volume, hence causing an increase in end-diastolic volume.[en.wikipedia.org]
  • […] heart hemodynamics Aortic and pulmonary balloon valvuloplasty Coronary hemodynamics for angioplasty and stenting Hemodynamic evaluation of stenotic bioprosthetic mitral valves Evaluation of hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathies Understanding cardiac pathophysiology[books.google.de]


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  • This mechanism prevents an increase in the venous pressure during an increase in circulating blood volume. The second physiological action that may be the cause of pulsus alternans is the alteration in cellular handling of calcium.[medigoo.com]
  • All of these effects may be important in preventing or abolishing mechanical alternans.[doi.org]
  • This can be prevented by simultaneously palpating the radial pulse on the arm in which blood pressure is measured. References: [3] [4] Pulses A pulse wave is produced by ventricular contraction during systole .[amboss.com]

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