While assessing a patient with aortic regurgitation, the nurse notes a Corrigan's pulse. This finding is characterized by

a bounding pulse, with a rapid rise and fall

Explanation

• Corrigan's pulse is a bounding and forceful pulse with a rapid rise and sudden collapse. This is associated with increased stroke volume and a decrease in peripheral resistance.

• Corrigan's pulse is commonly found in aortic regurgitation and often leads to a widening pulse pressure.

• Incorrect: Pulsus tardus is a weak pulse with a slow upstroke and prolonged peak. It is seen in aortic stenosis.

• Incorrect: A weak, thready pulse is a sign of low blood pressure or reduced cardiac output.

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