Pulse & Heart Rate

Pulse & Heart Rate

What is your pulse?

Do you know your pulse? If not, no worries! This blog post will help you find out. More importantly, it's a great way to keep track of your heart health and make sure everything is in order. All you need to do is take a quick peek at the inside of your wrist or on the side of your neck (depending on which one feels more comfortable). Once you've found the right spot, use two fingers and press firmly for 10 seconds with light pressure. Count how many beats happen in that time frame - and voila! You now have an idea about what's going on with your heart rate.

What is a pulse rate?

A pulse rate is the number of times a heart beats per minute. The average pulse rate for a person at rest is between 60 and 100, but may be higher or lower depending on whether someone has been exercising or if they are in an excited state. Other factors such as age, weight, medication use, and smoking can also affect this statistic. An increase in body temperature can lead to an increased heart rate that leads to an elevated pulse rate. In turn, high levels of adrenaline will also cause your heart beat to quicken which increases your blood flow which leads to an elevated pulse rate.

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How do you measure your pulse?

In order to get an accurate reading of your pulse, it is important that you place two fingers on the artery below your thumb. It should be noted that this method will only work if you are right-handed. The best way to measure your heart rate is by counting for 30 seconds and multiplying the number in which you counted by 2. This will give you a rough estimate of what your average heart rate is per minute. However, in order to have an even more accurate measurement, it's recommended that you consult with a medical professional such as a doctor or nurse practitioner who can use their stethoscope or other tools to accurately measure your heart rate per minute.

Why is it important to know your heart rate?

Heart rate is one of the most important indicators for your general health. Your heart rate tells you how healthy your heart is and where it's at. Knowing your own personal heart rate can help you take better care of yourself. The blog post will discuss what a person's average, resting pulse should be, as well as how to calculate their own personal resting pulse and why knowing this information can be beneficial. It will also cover some useful tips on staying in shape while working full-time or raising children if needed!

What are the effects of high or low heart rates

The effects of a high heart rate vary from person to person. People with low blood pressure may feel dizzy, lightheaded or even faint when their heart rates are too high. On the other hand, people with high blood pressure may experience chest pain and shortness of breath when their heart rates are too low. This is because they don't have enough oxygen circulating in their bloodstream due to the slowed heartbeat.
The goal for most people should be around 60-100 beats per minute (BPM). If you're feeling symptoms that indicate your heart rate is either too high or too low, consult your physician before making any changes yourself.

How can I find out my heart rate at home?

If you want to know your heart rate at home, here are four simple steps:

1.Check your pulse regularly - once a day or so is recommended. The first step in finding out what's going on with your body is figuring out whether it works properly. When was the last time you checked? If it has been longer than a month, it is time to begin checking your heart rate. You can check your pulse at the wrist or neck.

2.Keep a note of your pulse reading - keep a calendar and mark down on there what your heart rate was when you checked it regularly. It is easier if you write it down straight after checking as this will give you a chance to remember it better.

3.Check your resting heart rate - find out what the difference is between your pulse and when you are at rest- check this twice or three times for accuracy. To do this, sit still for about a minute after having taken your pulse in step 2. After around 60 seconds, take your pulse again and check what the difference is between this reading and your pulse when you are at rest. This will be how fast your heart rate goes down when it's not beating, which is called your Resting Heart Rate (RHR). Use a calculator to work out what percentage of the difference gives you your RHR e.g. if it was 65 then 65% of the difference gives you your RHR.

4.Calculate what percentage of the RHR is your pulse - work out what percentages this pulse number is by dividing it by your RHR to get a percentage e.g. if the pulse was 70 beats per minute, and your RHR was 65 then 70/65=0.96, so this is 96% of your RHR which means that you pulse was 96% of the time going below resting heart rate when at rest.

You can then easily work out what your pulse at different percentages of your RHR are by using a calculator to multiply by the percentage e.g. if the above pulse was 96% of your RHR, then multiply it by 0.96 to get your pulse when you are working out.

I hope that this helps you in finding out average heart rates or resting heart rates at home! Remember - the more often you check your pulse, the better because what you can measure most accurately is what goes on in the day-to-day life when you are not doing anything out of the ordinary.

What should I do if my pulse is too high or too low

My pulse is [mention your heart beat or pulse rate here]:Is it normal?

It's okay if you are not sure. There could be some factors that affect your heart. Please check the list of conditions below to know what might have caused your irregular pulse and follow up with a doctor if needed:

  • Stress.
  • Lack of regular exercise.
  • Anxiety.
  • Other possible causes are

  • Indigestion or heartburn, especially in younger people.
  • Panic disorders and phobias such as agoraphobia (fear of open public places) and claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces).
  • Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), which can cause racing heart, even in people without anxiety or phobias.
  • What should I do right now?

    Try to relax as much as you can for a while. You just need to breathe slowly and calmly for about 5 minutes. As mentioned above, there are a lot of factors that can affect your pulse rate and heart beat. But, you need to check with a doctor if the condition persists after 5 minutes or longer. Please visit a nearby clinic such as Physiotherapy Clinic Singapore for further consultation.