Taking your pulse in your hands Taking your pulse in your hands

Learning to listen to your heart through your pulse can help prevent stroke.

The following are the correct steps to take your pulse:

  1. Use a timer, a clock with a second hand or a clock on your cell phone that allows you to measure your time in seconds.
  2. Before taking your pulse, make sure you have been in a resting state for at least 15 minutes, either seated or lying down.
  3. With your index and middle finger from one of your hands, find the pulse on the wrist of your opposing arm.
  4. Count the number of pulses (heartbeats) that you hear in a period of 30 seconds.
  5. Multiply this number by two to determine how many times your heart beats in a minute.
  6. If you get between 60 and 100 beats a minute from a resting state, your pulse is within a normal range.
  7. If your heartbeats are irregular or if this number exceeds 100 beats a minute from a resting state, you should see a doctor.

Keep in mind:

If you have an irregular pulse, this means your heartbeats do not maintain an even pause between each one.

Related article: What happens to the brain during a stroke?

Source: Colombian Society of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery