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The information contained on this page is provided as general health information and is not intended to substitute as medical advice and direction from your physician or health care provider. Please direct any questions related to your health care provider. In an emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency center.


How to take your wrist pulse

How to take your pulse:

  1. Place the tips of your index and middle finger on the inside of your wrist below the base of your thumb.
  2. Press lightly. You will feel the blood pulsing beneath your fingers.
  3. Use a watch or clock with a second hand. Count the beats you feel for 1 minute. Or count the beats for 30 seconds and multiply by 2. This is also called your pulse rate.
How to take your pulse