Know Your Pulse

Knowing your Pulse can save your life.

  • If pulse checks were routine within the NHS, thousands of lives, and thousands of debilitating strokes, could be saved every year
  • Learn how to take your pulse now
  • Help us campaign for routine pulse checks within the NHS

Learn how to take your pulse now; watch our instructional video below and download our range of resources:

Know Your Pulse A4 Poster


Take the Pulse Check Challenge Poster A4

Take the Pulse Check Challenge - AliveCor A4


Take the Pulse Check Challenge/KYP - AliveCor A5

Know Your Pulse Factsheet

Your Heart in Your Hands Checklist


Instructional video



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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