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Here at Beat-It we are committed to raising awareness of cardiac issues and in particular heart beat or rhythm disturbances.As such we endorse a national campaign to “Know Your Pulse”.But why is it important and what do you need to do to check your own pulse?

Your heart pumps blood around your body and at certain points you can feel it pulsing such as in your wrist and neck. Taking your pulse enables you to see how fast your heart is beating.Your pulse should be regular and be beating at about 60 to 100 beats a minute while resting.If, however, your pulse is irregular, too fast or too slow, this MAY be a sign that you have a heart arrhythmia.

Atrial Fibrillation is a common heart arrhythmia which becomes more common as you age.Nevertheless it is important to detect and protect against it at the earliest opportunity as it can be a risk factor for a stroke.Although you may have symptoms, many people have no idea that they have atrial fibrillation and therefore it is important to “Know Your Pulse”.

To check your pulse is straightforward and is well described on the British Heart Foundation website.Go to https://www.bhf.org.uk/heart-health/tests/checking... for a step to step guide.

You don’t need any complicated equipment and it is easy to do! So why not check your pulse today?