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Your pulse is the rate at which your heart beats. As your
heart pumps blood through your body, you can feel a pulsing in some of the
blood vessels close to the skin's surface.
The usual resting
pulse for an adult is 60 to 100 beats per minute. Certain illnesses can cause
your pulse to change, so it is helpful to know what your resting pulse is when
you are well. To find your resting pulse, count your pulse after you have been
sitting or resting quietly for at least 5 minutes.
You can easily
check your pulse on the inside of your wrist, below your thumb.
You can also check your pulse in the carotid
artery. This is located in your neck, on either side of your windpipe. Be
careful when checking your pulse in this location, especially if you are older
than 65. If you press too hard, you may become lightheaded and fall.
Current as ofJune 25, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Current as of:
June 25, 2018
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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