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Question by  Janesauricic (107)

Why can I feel my pulse better on one side of my neck?


Answer by  imanticajon (130)

Probably because that one side of your neck where you can feel your pulse better has a bigger artery in which blood flows. It can also be caused by the amount of pressure you exert in order to feel the pulse. Depending on the position of your hand which feels the pulse, the pressure could vary.


Answer by  kimber18 (514)

Because of the size and location of major arteries in your neck, they are larger than the veins in your wrist area, and closer to the surface of your skin.


Answer by  Lmukeeper (262)

The right carotid, which is the gland where your feel your pulse, is much closer to your skin. Therefore, you will be able to feel your pulse much more prodominantly on this side. Also, the carotid on the left side is more concealed due to more ligamnets in this side of the neck.


Answer by  MattK (1713)

It is normal to feel your pulse on either side of your neck. Depending on the amount of muscle, fat and other soft tissues, you may be able palpate your pulse better on one side than the other. An occlusion of a major artery, such as the carotid artery might also be an explanation, though less common.

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