mabus wrote:Actually, you CAN feel your pulse through your veins. Most arteries in your body are fairly deep down inside and when you feel your pulse, with the exception of your neck you are feeling the pulse through veins. Your wrist is a perfect example of veins through which you can easily take your pulse. You are correct though in thinking that the pulse is indeed weaker in veins than it is in arteries, and the reason is distance. The arteries come straight from the heart where it pumps out the blood at maximum force trying to give the blood flow enough force to go around the entire body and back to the heart again. By the time the blood flow enters the veins it has expended a lot of it's force and the pulse is much weaker. That is indeed why arteries are stronger, more elastic and able to sustain more pressure as cheaky suggested. You can test this yourself by testing your pulse on your neck arteries and seeing how strong they are. You will feel a steady THUMP THUMP THUMP. While on the wrist, the veins will give you a fainter thump thump thump.
mabus wrote:While on the wrist, the veins will give you a fainter thump thump thump.
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