Place the tips of your index and middle finger on the inside of your wrist below the base of your thumb.
Press lightly. You will feel the blood pulsing beneath your fingers.
Use a watch or clock with a second hand. Count the beats you feel for 10 seconds.
Multiply this number by 6 to get the amount of times your heart is beating in 1 minute. This is also called your pulse rate.
Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.