How to Check Your Pulse

check pulseIt may seem that determining one’s own pulse is complicated and that it is a complicated process. On the contrary, it is very simple to find out a person’s pulse which is also a method to determine the heart rate of that person. For a resting heart rate, the pulse should be counted for 60 seconds before beginning any exercise.

One thing to remember is that if a resting pulse rate is counted in less time, it increase the probability of an error happening. In the event of checking a pulse during exercise, it would be best if the pulse check would be done in either 6 or 10 second checks. The specific number which is counted for the heart rate is also the total number of heartbeats per minute.

There are two different ways to check the pulse rate of a person. The first one is to check the wrist pulse or the radial pulse. The way to do a radial pulse check is to use only the tips of your middle and index finger. This is because the artery that allows a pulse check, which is the radial artery, is located along the wrist which is located just below the base of the thumb.

The artery will proceed to pulse continuously and noticeably when a gentle pressure is put on the artery by the two fingertips. The person will feel the pulsing if the placement of the fingertips is correct. It is important the a gentle touch is used when checking the pulse. The number of pulses should be counted by either 10 or 6 seconds. If it is counted for 10 seconds, it should be multiplied by the number 6.

If the pulse is counted for 6 seconds, then it is conversely multiplied by the number 10. It is also important to remember that when counting, one’s count should start at zero, then one, up until six or ten. The answer that one gets after correctly multiplying the number is the pulse rate per minute.

Another method for checking the pulse is to use the carotid pulse check. This method require the person to press the fingers gently along the throat and below the jaw along the windpipe. This is where the pulse should be checked. The same counting system that is used for a radial pulse check.

The advantage to knowing one’s own pulse rate is that a person is able to evaluate their own cardiovascular health which is a very important issue. It would be helpful if one logs in their pulse rate regularly to be able to update their physician of their current health standing. It would help them with their diagnosis if there are any drastic changes from the time that the pulse was recorded to the time with the appointment with the doctor. Ultimately, it will be information that will lead to a better diagnosis and to a more proactive strategy for keeping one in tip-top shape.

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