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How To Check Your  PULSE

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How To Check Your  PULSE

Your pulse, pulse rate or heart rate refer to how many times your heart beats every minute – how many contractions occur in the heart’s ventricles (the lower chambers of the heart).


What is the difference between pulse and heart rate?

Heart rate refers to the heart, how many times it contracts in a given time.

Pulse refers to the artery you are checking with your fingers, how many times it bulges when there is a turbulence.

The figure for heart rate and pulse rate is the nearly always same (except in certain medical conditions), because a bulge in the artery is caused by the heart contracting and pushing blood out.


How to find your pulse in your wrist?

Hold one of your hands out with the palm  facing upwards and the elbow slightly bent

Place your forefinger and middle fingers of your other hand on the side of your wrist, just below the base of your thumb

Press the two fingers lightly on your skin until you feel your pulse

If you feel nothing, either press harder or search with your fingers for the artery and press again

Do not press your thumb on your wrist because it has its own pulse, an artery goes through it


Finding your pulse on your neck

You can also find your pulse by pressing the same two fingers on the side of your neck to find the carotid artery. If you are over 65 be careful you do not press too hard; there is a risk of becoming lightheaded.


What is a normal resting pulse rate ?

For a healthy human being, aged at least 18 years, anything between 60 and 100 beats per minutes is usually considered as a normal resting heart rate.

Few people tend to have a slower heart rate than unfit individuals. Some Olympic athletes have been known to have a resting heart rate of 40 bmp (beats per minute). In fact, a resting heart rate of 29 bpm was once recorded with a champion cyclist.


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