Pulse Facts



  • Your pulse is the powerful high-pressure surge or wave that runs through your blood and vessels as the heart contracts strongly with each beat.
  • You can feel your pulse by pressing two fingertips on the inside of your wrist where the radial artery nears the surface.
  • Other pulse points include the carotid artery in the neck and the brachial artery inside the elbow.
  • Checking the pulse is a good way of finding out how healthy someone is, which is why doctors do it. 270
  • Normal pulse rates vary between 50 and 100 beats a minute. The average for a man is about 71, for a woman it is 80, and for children it is about 85.
  • Tachycardia is the medical word for an abnormally fast heartbeat.
  • Someone who has tachycardia when sitting down may have drunk too much coffee or tea, or taken drugs, or be suffering from anxiety or a fever, or have heart disease.
  • Bradycardia is an abnormally slow heartbeat rate.
  • Arrhythmia is any abnormality in a person’s heartbeat rate.
  • Anyone with a heart problem may be connected to a machine called an electrocardiogram (ECG) to monitor (watch) their heartbeat.