||yes, it is important to know about apical pulse when you examine patient.
PLACE; Normally at lt 5th intercostal place, mid clavicular line.
If it is displaced, usually outward / downward, it means heart is enlarge.
((((((If it is displaced inward (not really seen with actual patients or important at all), atrophic heart (just for theorectical))))))
RATE; regular or irregular rythm, rate- 80/min (for instance).
CHARACTER: heaving in character in Left ventrucular hypertrophy.
tapping character in Mitral stenosis, due to very loud first heart sound (also called palpable heart sound)(you wont see this in your exam, so just forget this fact)