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How to check your own pulse rate

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Despite considerable technological advancement in the field of healthcare, the manually taken pulse (or tactile arterial palpitation to give it its technical name) still provides a wealth of vital information for doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. One such piece of information is the pulse rate: the number of times the heart beats in a minute (BPM). This article shows you how to check your own pulse using nothing more than a humble wristwatch.
What you'll need: 
A wristwatch with a second hand (or equivalent)
1: 
Take off your wristwatch and place it, face up, on the palm of either hand.
2: 
Take the first two fingers of the other hand and place them gently but firmly on the wrist,just beneath the base of the thumb.
3: 
Adjust your fingers until you feel the blood pumping through your artery (this is the radial artery).
4: 
Practice counting the beats.
5: 
When you are ready, wait until the second hand of your watch/timer reaches either the 0 or 30 second mark.
6: 
Begin counting beats. Although you could count beats for a whole minute, it is more time-efficient to count for 15 seconds and multiply by four.
7: 
Either way, the figure you come up with is your pulse rate in BPM.
Conclusion: 
What does this number mean? Well, for a healthy adult, the resting heartbeat would be expected to lie between 60 and 100 BPM. A trained athlete may have a pulse rate of below 50 BPM while children, especially infants, have higher pulse rates than adults.
Tips: 
Taking your pulse after exercise will probably give a reading of over 100 BPM.
Don't use your thumb! It has its own strong pulse which can cause confusion.
Warnings: 
Only a qualified health professional should be trusted to provide an accurate pulse rate.
See your GP if you have any concerns about your pulse rate.
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