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    Taking a Pulse (Heart Rate)

    Checking your pulse on the wrist

    You can easily check your pulse on the inside of your wrist, below your thumb.

    • Gently place 2 fingers of your other hand on this artery.
    • Do not use your thumb, because it has its own pulse that you may feel.
    • Count the beats for 30 seconds, and then double the result to get the number of beats per minute.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical ReviewerThomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine

    Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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