Radial pulse being slower than heart rate?

Is it possible to have a slower radial pulse than your actual heart rate. Someone told me it was, but I can't understand how this would be possible!!! Could someone enlighten me, as I can't understand why this would ever occur.

Authored By Andrew Rinley on Tuesday 14th January 2014

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Rhys Clement
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Core / Specialist / Gp Trainee - New Royal Infirmary Edinburgh
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Posted over 6 years ago

you may feel less pulsations in the radial artery if the systolic BP is low. The minimum pressure required to feel a pulse here is 80mmHg. If the systolic pulse fell you may get an impression of slower heart rate as some of the pulsations may not be pa

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alex bwn
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Posted over 6 years ago

In ventricular fibrillation the heart rate is increased but it is not transmitted to the vessels so radial pulse does not increase correspondingly.

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Caren Chu
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Medical Student - Peninsula
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Posted about 6 years ago

Also in fast atrial fibrillation, the heart conduction can be variable and become quick between some beats and slower between others. During quick consecutive beats, the ventricles do not fill properly between beats, so a radial pulse may not be felt b

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