Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners

Application Process for Medical Certification - Examination Techniques
Item 37. Vascular System

  1. Inspection. Observe and report any thoracic deformity (e.g., pectus excavatum), signs of surgery or other trauma, and clues to ventricular hypertrophy. Check the hematopoietic and vascular system by observing for pallor, edema, varicosities, stasis ulcers, venous distention, nail beds for capillary pulsation, and color.
  2. Palpation. Check for thrills and the vascular system for arteriosclerotic changes, shunts or AV anastomoses. The pulses should be examined to determine their character, to note if they are diminished or absent, and to observe for synchronicity.
  3. Percussion. N/A.
  4. Auscultation. Check for bruits and thrills.
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