Learn two ways to take an accurate pulse, or heart rate.
Your pulse is your heart rate, or the number of times your heart beats in one minute. You can take your pulse using the radial artery in your wrist or the carotid artery in your neck.
Some medical conditions can be a factor in determining the best place for you to take your pulse. For example, if you have heart disease or longstanding diabetes, it's best to use the artery on your wrist.
To get an accurate pulse:
Use the tip of your index and third finger to feel the pulse in your radial artery between your wrist bone and the tendon on the thumb side of your wrist.
Put the tip of your index and long finger in the groove of your neck along your windpipe to feel the pulse in your carotid artery.