Research shows one in three people are not sure how to check their pulse correctly

Pulse Check Event in Molloys on Friday

New Irish research shows that one in three people are not sure how to check their pulse properly, according to new research commissioned by the Mater Private National Arrhythmia Service. The Pulse Check campaign was officially launched by former RTÉ newsreader Anne Doyle with the aim of encouraging those aged 60 and over to incorporate a simple pulse check into their morning routine.

  Checking your pulse takes just thirty seconds of your day and the Pulse Check campaign recommends adopting it as part of your morning routine. The first thing 1 in 4 (26%) Irish adults do when they wake up in the morning is hit the snooze button. Other morning activities Irish adults do first thing include checking their phone or tablet (18%), eating breakfast (15%), having a shower (15%) and making a cup of tea or coffee (15%).

  The research revealed that more than half of Irish people (54%) have never heard of the heart condition Atrial Fibrillation (AF) while more than 1 in 4 (29%) are unsure how to detect it. AF can be detected starting with a simple pulse check.

  AF is the most common type of sustained cardiac arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat, and currently affects up to 40,000 people over 50 in Ireland. It is common in people aged 60 and over – often appearing in those with underlying heart disease – and affects 10% of people over 753.

  Dr. John Keaney, Consultant Cardiologist at the Mater Private, said: “Atrial Fibrillation is a serious condition that can lead to a number of health complications and is a factor in up to 30% of strokes in Ireland each year. Those aged 60 or over are most at risk and should make sure to check their pulse every morning as part of a regular routine, alongside hitting the snooze button and brushing your teeth.

  “This research shows that people are unsure how to check their pulse. It is very straight forward. First, face the palm of either hand upwards. Second, place the index and middle finger of your other hand on the wrist; third, count the number of beats for thirty seconds and double it. This is your pulse rate.”

  A normal pulse if 60-100 beats per minute in a regular rhythm. If your pulse is fast and racing, slow, irregular, consistently above 120 beats per minute or consistently below 40 beats per minute you should visit a healthcare professional.

  For more information come along to the Pulse Check Event in Molloys Lifestyle Pharmacy & Health store in the Harrison Centre, Roscommon on Friday, 16th of September. Appointments are available from 10 am-6 pm daily. Call 090 6637602 to book your place.