Relative bradycardia is when temperature elevations are not accompanied by a physiologic increase in the pulse, the patient is said to have a pulse‐temperature deficit. Relative bradycardia as a diagnostic sign should not be applied in patients on β‐blockers. The causes of relative bradycardia are listed below.

the term ‘Relative bradycardia’ should only be applied to patients with temperatures in excess of 102°F since the difference between pulse and temperature readings of ≤ 102°F is insufficient to discern pulse temperature abnormalities.

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