Marey type sphygmograph, Paris, France, 1866-1900
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The throbbing of the arteries as blood flows through them. The pulse matches the rate at which the heart is beating.
An instrument used to measure the pulse. It records the strength and rate of a person's pulse. Records are recorded on graph paper.
Glossary: blood pressure
The pressure at which blood is pumped around the body, closely related to the heart rate.