7 Pulse Points of the Body: Pulse Rate Self Diagnosis

7 Pulse Points of the Body

7 Pulse Points of the Body

Do you know that we have 7 pulse points in our body? And we can do pulse diagnosis of self as well as of others, on our own. I recently got to know about these 7 pulse points and I learnt how to do the self diagnosis of pulse rate. I measured my pulse rate at each of these points. Initially, it was so exciting to be able to just identify the pulse points and to feel the throbbing of the nerves. And then it became all the more exciting when I was able to count my pulses by looking at the watch :P.. I tried it on mom also :P. Leaving the fun part aside, it is always good to know more about your body :) So sharing the 7 pulse points and the way to observe your pulse rate :)

What is Pulse Rate?

the rate at which the heart beats; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person’s health.

What are the 7 Pulse Points?

1) Temporal Artery

7 Pulse Points of the Body

It is located just above the temple, on the sides of the head.




2) Carotid Artery

7 Pulse Points of the Body

It is located on the side of the neck above the clavicle.






3) Brachial Artery

7 Pulse Points of the Body

It is located on the inside of the arm above the elbow. Look at the arrow mark in the above figure. There is an artery that goes towards the side of our hands, that is the Brachial artery







4) Radial Artery

7 Pulse Points of the Body

This artery is clearly visible on the wrist. Press this artery lightly with flat fingers.








5) Femoral Artery

7 Pulse Points of the Body
This artery is located , in the inside front of the leg where it joins the pelvic.








6) Posterior Tibial Artery

7 Pulse Points of the Body

It is located on the foot behind the ankles.






7) Dorsalis Pedis Artery

dorsalis pedis pulse

It is located on the top of the foot.

Why only these 7 points are chose for Pulse Diagnosis?

At these points, an artery passes close to the skin.

What is the normal resting heart rate?

For resting heart rate:
Newborns (0 – 3 months old): 100 – 150 beats per minute
Infants (3 – 6 months old): 90 – 120 beats per minute
Infants (6 – 12 months old): 80 – 120 beats per minute
Children 1 – 10 years: 70 – 130 beats per minute
Children over 10 and adults (including seniors): 60 – 100 beats per minute
Well-trained athletes: 40 – 60 beats per minute.

Check out your pulse points and measure your heart rate yourself :) Do let me know, if you try it.

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8 Responses to 7 Pulse Points of the Body: Pulse Rate Self Diagnosis

  1. Vinita Kochhar says:

    Lovely! I knew about the wrists but 7, wow! Thanks for this post!

  2. Sahiba says:

    hehe Nidhi… u were enjoying it??? n we used to get bored of it in college… :P :P it is nice that you are sharing this info here… :) :)

  3. Chandan kaur says:

    Hey nidhi.. I agree wid Sahiba… It use to be boring in college checking pulse of various patients… N now also i do it as my job… Hehe but gud infrmation u hv shared:)

  4. Ush says:

    I used to do this all the time as a kid :) i guess for me carotid artery is the easiest to locate by touch (big throbbing).
    One question- Why pulse rates of well trained athletes is generally lower than non-athletic adults?
    Is such a variation reported in maximum heart rate too? If it is, then I guess the target cardio heart rate for workouts would be different for athletes and non-athletes??

  5. Ramya says:

    This was so interesting Nidhi!! :) Will try out this asap. I was also interested to know abt the target cardio rate for workouts, at gym they give us a target rate but I was curious how to arrive at that number… Write a post on it naaa plzzz :) :)

  6. Mini says:

    I show this daily to my students :)

  7. Venetha says:

    Checking my pulse rate gets me excited too :P have to try out all the pulse points

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