Four Easy Steps to Take your Pulse

checking pulseIf you think you might have an irregular or rapid heartbeat, check your pulse.

The AFib Alliance offers four easy steps to take your pulse:

  1. Sit down for five minutes before checking your pulse and have a watch or clock with a second hand available.
  2. Extend your hand palm up with your elbow bent slightly.
  3. Place your middle and index fingers firmly on your palm and move them around until you locate your pulse.
  4. Count your heartbeats for 30 seconds and then multiply times two to get your heart rate (beats per minute). If your heart beats irregularly, count for one minute instead and do not multiply.

Read more information about heart rate on heart.org.