Does your heart speed up? Do you notice palpitations? Do not know if your pulse is normal or is triggered? Do you want to train without going through certain beats? Well, there is a very easy way to take your pulse anywhere without resorting to complex instruments.
Where to Take the Pulse
Although it is possible to take it anywhere through an artery and can be pressed on a bone or muscle, the two most common places are the neck and wrist. But we recommend that you take it in the neck, because the artery is bigger and, therefore, easier to notice.
How to Take the Pulse Step By Step
- To know what your normal heart rate is at rest, before measuring it via Sphygmomanometer, you must be calm, relaxed and without having previously done physical exercise, so that the measurement is reliable. A trick to get it is to stretch a minute before carrying out the measurement. And do not forget to have a clock or a chronometer on hand to be able to count the time.
- First, place the index finger and the heart – never the thumb because it has its own pulse – on the neck, just under the chin. Then, press it lightly, without compressing it, until you feel the beats. If you did it too hard, you could stimulate a reflex mechanism that causes your heart to slow down and alter the real result.
- To measure it, count the beats for 30 seconds and multiply the total number of beats by 2 (or count the beats for 15 seconds and multiply by 4). The resulting figure is your pulse rate per minute, which is what we call pulse.
It’s Normal When…
Although it depends on many factors, it is generally considered that the pulse is normal when at rest it is between 60 and 100 beats per minute in the case of adults. And between 70 and 100, in the case of those under 18 years of age. Even so, there may be situations, such as stress or distress that accelerate the heart rate momentarily.
Go To The Doctor…
If your resting pulse reaches or exceeds 120 beats per minute or is lower than 45 beats, check withaManual Blood Pressure Monitorand visit your doctor. If you notice that your pulsations are also irregular (different intervals between pulsation and pulsation), seek medical assistance as soon as possible.
Do You Want To Measure Your Pulse During Exercise?
It is not necessary that you lie down for a minute or that you relax. On the contrary, if what you want is to know your heart rate during the exercise, you should take the pulse during the practice of it. In this case what interests you is knowing the maximum frequency that you can reach during the exercise and this depends on your age, sex, and physical condition.
The most advisable before starting any activity, especially cardiovascular and if you have never done sport, is that you submit to a stress test and be a health professional who determines your optimal level of personalized pulsations. This will not only ensure that your heart does not suffer from the effort but also you can multiply the beneficial effects of the exercise you perform.