Can You Check Your Pulse?

A lot of Nigerians can’t. That doesn’t come as a surprise though because a lot of Nigerians don’t know a lot of things. No harm intended o, just saying the facts.

We aren't particularly at fault. The availability of materials that contains such information is severely limited in Nigeria. Government should make it compulsory for schools and other learning institutions to instruct their pupils/students concerning things like these.

Anyway, back to the subject "Checking your pulse". What's a pulse, in the first place?

A pulse is the rate at which the heart beats which can be felt on the skin whenever blood passes through an artery, usually measured/counted in a full minute. Knowing your heart rate is important because it informs you about your health.

For instance the normal resting heart rate for most full grown adults is 60-100 beats per minute. An adult with a heart rate lower or higher than this range could have an underlying health issue.

You can find your pulse anywhere an artery is close to your skin. The two easiest places are the radial artery on your wrist and the carotid artery on your neck. (Oh, my, no wonder vampires are always targeting those places when they want to suck blood! CREEPY!).

Finding Your Pulse on The Wrist.

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  • Hold one of your hands out with the palm facing upwards and the elbow slightly bent. 
  • Place your index (first) and middle fingers of your other hand on the inside of your wrist, just below the base of your thumb. 
  •  Press the two fingers lightly on your skin until you feel your pulse. 
  •  If you feel nothing, either press harder or search with your fingers for the artery and press again.
  •  Do not press your thumb on your wrist because it has its own pulse, an artery goes through it. 

Finding Your Pulse On Your Neck.

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To check your pulse over your carotid artery; place your index and middle fingers on your neck to the side of your windpipe. If you’re 65 years and above, make sure you don’t press too firmly - it’ll make you lightheaded. Finding out your heart rate is easy. To find your resting heart rate, simply find your pule and count the bulges for 10 seconds, then multiply this number by six.

If your heart rate is consistently less than 60 or higher than 100, consult your physician. Do keep in mind however that many things can influence your heart rate such as your activity level, your emotions, the position of your body when you’re taking your heart rate, your body size and any medications you may be taking.

Here is a list of normal heart rates in bpm (beats per minute)

According to the National Institute of Health, USA

Newborns (0 to 3 months) – 100 to 150
Infants (3 to 6 months) – 90 to 120
Infants (6 to 12 months) – 80 to 120
Children (1 to 10 years) – 70 to 130
People over 10 years – 60 to 100
Well trained adult athletes – 40 to 60

According to the National Health Service, UK

Newborns (0 to 1 month) – 120 to 160
Infants (1 to 12 months) – 80 to 140
Babies/toddlers (1 to 2 years) – 80 to 130
Toddlers/young children (2 to 6 years) – 75 to 120
Children (7 to 12 years) – 75 to 110
Adults aged (18+ years) – 60 to 100
Adult athletes – 40 to 60

(U.K’s data might be slightly different from this, depending on which health authority you access.)

Now you know how to check your pulse and heart rate. Yipee!!. Go ahead and teach your friends and family if they don’t know how, and your pupils/students if you’re a teacher. Have fun learning!
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