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24 Feb 2003

Heart Rate
Dear Doc.
Could you please tell me how to measure my resting heart rate. Many thanks.
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Colleen
You should rest for at least 5 minutes in a seated position before assessing your resting heart rate. This measurement can be made as follows i.e.

1. Palpation
In using this technique, the pulse can be palpated at:
a) the radial artery - on the anterolateral aspect of the wrist in line with the base of the
b) the carotid artery - in the neck just lateral to the larynx (voice box).

1. Use the tip of the middle and index fingers. Do not use the thumb because it has its own
pulse that can result in an inaccurate measurement.
2. If palpating the carotid artery, do not apply heavy pressure to the area.
3. Start the stopwatch simultaneously with the beat of the pulse. Count the first beat at
zero, then continue counting for 60 seconds.

Hope this helps.
Normal heart rate can be anything between 35 and 100 beats per minte. Average heart rate is 72.

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