• Your heart beats on average 60-100 beats per minute
• An irregular pulse may indicate an abnormal heart rate or rhythm such as atrial fibrillation.
• Exercise, anxiety, medications, some illnesses and even caffeine can change your pulse.
• Occasional missed beats, which might feel like a flutter or palpitations in your chest, can be normal.

When should I check my pulse?

• When you are relaxed. 
• At the same time each day. 
• A good time is before getting out of bed or while relaxing in the evening.

Why should I check my pulse?

• To check your heart beats per minute. 
• To find out if the rhythm is regular or irregular, which may indicate an abnormality such as Atrial Fibrillation (AFib).

How do I check my pulse?

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When should I seek advice?

Everyone is different.  You should contact your Doctor if your pulse is:

  • fast and racing some or most of the time and you feel unwell.
  • slow some or most of the time and you feel unwell.
  • consistently above 120 beats per minute.
  • consistently below 40 beats per minute.
  • beating in an irregular rhythm.

If you are experiencing chest pain, papitations or breathlessness the Urgent Cardiac Care Centre at the Mater Private Hospital is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to care for you.  Call 1800 247 999