Take Your Pulse to Save Your Life

Knowing how and when to check your heart rate can alert you to potential problems before they become too serious.

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You are used to keeping track of important health numbers such as cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Now a British non-profit organization argues that it is vital for you to keep track of your pulse as well. The Arrhythmia Alliance in England maintains that checking your pulse is as important as checking your weight or blood pressure. Bruce Wilkoff, MD, agrees. He is the Cleveland Clinics Director of Cardiac Pacing and Tachyarrhythmia Devices. He is also the president of the Heart Rhythm Society, the largest community of heart rhythm specialists from around the world.
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