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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)
Take off your wristwatch and place it, face up, on the palm of either hand.
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.
Adjust your fingers until you feel the blood pumping through your artery (this is the radial artery).
Practice counting the beats.
When you are ready, wait until the second hand of your watch/timer reaches either the 0 or 30 second mark.
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.
Either way, the figure you come up with is your pulse rate in BPM.
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.
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.
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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