Checking your pulse is a simple way to get information about your health. In this article, we will describe to you, what is a pulse and how to check your pulse.
What is a pulse:
Your heart rate, or pulse, is the number of times your heart beats per minute. Normal heart rate varies from person to person. Knowing yours can be an important heart-health gauge.
Charts of normal resting heart rate (pulse):
A resting heart rate is defined as a pulse that is taken when you are calm, sitting or lying down. The best time to measure a resting heart rate is in the morning before you leave the bed. Generally speaking, a lower heart rate functions more effectively and efficiently.
How to check your pulse:
- You can find your pulse in places where an artery passes close to your skin, such as your wrist or neck.
- Hold out one of your hands, with your palm facing upwards and your elbow slightly bent
- Put the first finger (index) and middle finger of your other hand on the inside of your wrist, at the base of your thumb
- Press your skin lightly until you can feel your pulse – if you can’t feel anything, you may need to press a little harder or move your fingers around
- To find your pulse in your neck, press the same two fingers on the side of your neck in the soft hollow area just beside your windpipe.
- When you find your pulse, count the number of beats you feel for one full minute. Or count them over 30 seconds and multiply the number by two.
When To Call Your Doctor
If your pulse is very low or if you have frequent episodes of unexplained fast heart rates, especially if they cause you to feel weak or dizzy or faint, tell your doctor, who can decide if it’s an emergency. Your pulse is one tool to help get a picture of your health.
Your pulse usually has a steady, regular rhythm. A pause or extra beat now and then is normal. Talk to your doctor if you notice frequent skipped or extra beats. This can be a sign of a heart problem that may need treatment, such as atrial fibrillation.