It is important to know how to take your pulse as it allows you to keep track of your heart rate. Also, it is essential to check your pulse periodically, especially if you have an artificial pacemaker.
Your pulse can be felt at areas where the artery comes close to the surface of your skin. The best spots to find your pulse are the wrist, inside of your elbow, side of your neck or groin. Most commonly, people measure their pulse in their wrist and neck.
Taking your pulse upon rising in the morning, or after sitting without activity for about 10 minutes, will give your Resting Heart Rate. The normal resting heart rate for adults ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute.
How to check the pulse on your wrist?
The pulse at your wrist is also called the radial pulse. Checking your radial pulse is simple.
• Turn the palm side of your hand facing up.
• Place your index and middle fingers of your opposite hand on your wrist, below your thumb.
• Press your fingers down gently to feel your pulse.
• Use a watch with a second hand and count your pulse for 60 seconds. This will give you your heat rate for a minute.
How to check the pulse on your neck?
Another way to measure your pulse is by measuring it at the neck (carotid pulse)
• Place your index and middle fingers on one side of your neck, just below your jaw bone, to the side of your windpipe.
• When you feel your pulse, count the number of beats for 60 seconds.
• Use a watch with a second hand and count your pulse for 60 seconds, which will give you your heart rate for a minute.
Keep a record of your pulse along with the day and time taken and note down as to how you felt at the time. Checking your pulse can indicate whether your heart beat is fast or slow, strong or weak, regular or irregular.