Heart disease is one of the biggest killers around the world, so it is important to keep a close eye on your heart and do as much as you can to keep it working well. Of course, some heart problems cannot be avoided, and it is always worth speaking with a doctor if you are worried that you have a heart problem.
Doctors will probably send you to have an ECG test (an echocardiogram) – these tests are extremely useful and are used in adaptive phase 1 studies like these done by Richmond Pharmacology as well as they can show a lot of information about the heart to doctors, and can flag up potential problems.
If you are wanting to check your heart yourself, you can check your pulse – this can show signs of an irregular heartbeat if this is a concern to you. The first thing that you need to do is find your pulse. This is easiest in the wrist.
Put your hand palm facing up and use the index and middle finger of the other hand to put on the wrist, where the thumb ends. Here is where you should be able to feel your pulse.
Once you have found it, leave your fingers there for about half a minute, as you will be able to feel if it is regular or not. You can also check the beats per minute if you leave it there for one minute and count the number of beats in that time. The normal number of beats for an adult is 60-100 per minute, but it may be higher if you have just been very active.