Touro Infirmary

FALL 2013

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KNOW YOUR PULSE Being aware of your pulse is important because it may indicate an abnormal heart rate or rhythm. It is a good idea to try taking your pulse at various points throughout the day (before and after various activities). A normal pulse is between 60 and 100 beats per minute. See your doctor if your pulse ■ Seems to be racing some or most of the time and you are feeling unwell ■ Feels irregular (Òjumping aroundÓ), even if you do not feel unwell ■ Seems to be slow some or most of the time and you are feeling unwell ■ Is a persistent rate above 120 or below 40 beats per minute KNOW YOUR PULSE IN 4 STEPS 1 To assess your resting pulse rate in your wrist, sit down for 5 minutes beforehand. Remember that any stimulants taken before the reading will affect the rate (such as caffeine or nicotine). You will need a watch or clock with a second hand. 2 3 Take off your watch and hold your left or right hand out with your palm facing up and your elbow slightly bent. With your other hand, place your index and middle fingers on your wrist, at the base of your thumb. Your fingers should sit between the bone on the edge of your wrist and the stringy tendon attached to your thumb (as shown in the image). You may need to move your fingers around a little to find the pulse. Keep firm pressure on your wrist with your fingers Tendon in order to feel your pulse. 4 Count for 30 seconds, and multiply by 2 to get your heart rate in beats per minute. If your heart rhythm is irregular, you should count for 1 minute and not multiply. Pulse Bone at edge of wrist You can have your pulse checked by your local HeartCaring hospital. Contact them today. Text and images courtesy of Arrhythmia Alliance The Heart Rhythm Charity www.aa-internaƟonal.org © 2013 Spirit Health Group. All rights reserved.

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