Learn how to take your pulse. Download resources and watch our instructional video below:


Know Your Pulse Poster


Take the Pulse Check Challenge Poster A4

Take the Pulse Check Challenge - AliveCor A4


What is an arrhythmia? 



Take the Pulse Check Challenge/KYP - AliveCor A5

Know Your Pulse Factsheet

Your Heart in Your Hands Checklist

A4 KYP AliveCor Fibricheck Poster

A3 KYP AliveCor Fibricheck Poster

A4 KYP Manual Check Poster

A3 KYP Manual Check Poster

A5 Manual and Mobile Check Poster































Why should you ‘Know Your Pulse’?
  • The easiest way to detect an arrhythmia is to feel the pulse to feel your heart rhythm – uneven, too fast, too slow?
  • More than three million Britons are affected by an arrhythmia (irregular heart rhythm)
  • Heart rhythm disorders are Britain’s biggest killer
  • Arrhythmias cause at least 100,000 sudden cardiac deaths each year in the UK; over 250 every day, more deaths than breast cancer, lung cancer and AIDS combined
  • Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common arrhythmia, causes 12,000 debilitating and fatal AF-related strokes in the UK each year. Many could be avoided if they are diagnosed and appropriate anticoagulation therapy is prescribed.
  • At the age of 40, we all have a 25% life-time risk of developing AF which increases the risk of stroke 500%
  • 120,000 people experience unexplained loss of consciousness each year, commonly a sign of a heart rhythm disorder
  • 39% of children and 30% of adults diagnosed with epilepsy are mis-diagnosed, and many have an underlying, potentially fatal, arrhythmia
  • There is currently no national programme of pulse checks or heart rhythm screening

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