Chapter 3. Examination of the Cardiovascular System

  1. Carol Lynn Cox PhD, MSc, MA Ed, PG Dip Ed, BSc (Hons), RN, ENB1,
  2. Robert Turner MD, FRCP2 and
  3. Roger Blackwood MA, FRCP3

Published Online: 11 FEB 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470774687.ch3

Physical Assessment for Nurses

Physical Assessment for Nurses

How to Cite

Cox, C. L., Turner, R. and Blackwood, R. (eds) (2004) Examination of the Cardiovascular System, in Physical Assessment for Nurses, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470774687.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Professor of Nursing, Advanced Clinical Practice, City University - St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery, London

  2. 2

    Professor of Medicine and Honorary Consultant Physician Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford

  3. 3

    Consultant Physician, Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, and Honorary Consultant Physician at Hammersmith Hospital, London

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 FEB 2008
  2. Published Print: 19 JUL 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405105903

Online ISBN: 9780470774687



  • cardiovascular system;
  • physical assessment;
  • clubbing of fingernails;
  • xanthomata;
  • waveform of pulse


This chapter contains section titled:

  • General Examination

  • Palpate the Radial Pulse

  • Take the Blood Pressure

  • Jugular Venous Pulse (Frequently Called Pressure)

  • Musset's Sign

  • The Precordium

  • Auscultation

  • Functional Result

  • Summary of Common Illnesses

  • Peripheral Arteries

  • Varicose Veins

  • System-Oriented Examination

  • Reference Guide: Intracardiac Values and Pressures

  • References