Why is pulse taken at neck or wrist instead of the heart?
May 25, 2010 3:58 PM Subscribe
Why do we typically take our pulses at the neck or wrist as opposed to the chest or side right at the heart? At least from my n = 1
self-observations, it's both an order of magnitude stronger and easier to find if you just stick your hand on your chest and count off that instead of trying to find the right spot on the neck or wrist.
posted by floam to health & fitness (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It would seem to me that if I wanted to train someone to reliably take a pulse with minimum practice, that'd be the way to go. The only thing I could imagine is that perhaps the beating you can feel at the heart itself might have extra vibrations to it that could throw you off that you wouldn't at an artery, but that hasn't been a problem for me. I'm guessing there's some even more obvious answer that somehow as eluded me. Or some other medical explanation for why the heart is bad place to do it. I've given this about 2.5 seconds of thought a few times a year for years, so it might be even more obvious.