practical advice
To be aware of your own heartbeat is very important: it could reveal abnormalities in the heart rate or rhythm, raising the suspicion of Atrial Fibrillation.
consigli We can control our heart rhythm by checking our radial pulse. Here is some advice:

 

1) Take a watch and sit down for five minutes. This way you will check your pulse while resting.
consigli 2) Turn one hand palm upwards and bend your elbow slightly.
consigli 3) Place the index and middle fingers of the other hand on your pulse, at the base of your thumb. Move your fingers to find the point where the skin is intermittently raised and press down lightly.
consigli 4) Count the beats for 30 seconds and at the end, multiply by 2: this is your heart rate per minute.


It is advisable to check your pulse at least once a week.
consigli How many beats did you count?


Normally, you should have between 60 and 100 beats per minute, but each of us is different and there may be variations that should not be cause for concern. In fact, some people's heart rate could be higher than 100 beats per minute or lower than 60. This depends on age, on anxiety or stress, on physical activity, on caffeine, on medical drugs or on any illness.
 
When should I consult a doctor?
- When the heart rate is much higher or much lower than usual.
- When you notice that the intensity of the pulsation is not even (for example, when you perceive a weak pulsation, followed by a very strong one).
- When you notice that the interval between pulsations continuously changes: it means your heart rate is irregular.


 
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