How does one manually measure heart rate? (My understanding is that one finds a veinal pulse; counts the number of heart beats over an even segment of a minute (e.g., 15 seconds); multiplies that by the number of those segments in a minute (e.g., (cont.) 4); and that is one’s bpm heart rate. (using the current e.g.s if you count 20 heart beats over 15 seconds your heartrate is (15 * 4) 80 bpm). If my example is incorrect or if there are better/more accurate variations on this theme, please correct me.
(Although my cardiologist and everyone in cardiac is in agreement that a cuff is a practically useless way to ascertaining heart rate—more on that later…) Nonetheless my cardiologist will perform the method stipulated above...
My nurse in the cardiac unit claims that one can accurately measure one’s pulse this way even if the pulse in question is in afib. I believe (by ‘definition’!) this is impossible.