How to check your pulse at home. Simple and easy ways. Pulse is simply the expansion of the arteries.
These arterial expansions rise and fall in time with the heart as it pumps our blood and then rests as it refills. The pulsations are felt at certain points on the body where larger arteries run closer to the skin.
Arteries run closely under the skin at the wrist and neck, making the pulse particularly easy to find at these points.
This is maybe the easiest way to check your pulse:
- Turn one hand over, so it is palm-side up
- Use the other hand to place two fingertips gently in the groove on the forearm, down from the fold of the wrist and about an inch along from the base of the thumb
- When the position is right, you should feel the pulsation of your heart beat
The pulse can also be found on the neck using two fingers in a similar way: gently press into the soft groove on either side of the windpipe (trachea).
Harder places to find your pulse are:
- Behind the knees
- On the inside of an elbow when the arm is outstretched
- In the groin
- At the temple on the side of the head
- On the top or the inner side of the foot
As a general rule, adults will have a resting heart rate of 60-100 beats per minute (bpm). In general, fitter people will have slower heart rates than less fit individuals. Athletes, for instance, may have a resting heart rate of just 40-60 bpm.
If you feel that your heart is beating out of rhythm – or too fast or too slow (under 40 or over 120) – and this can be felt when taking a pulse, you should discuss this with a doctor.
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