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I can\'t feel my pulse for 10 minutes

I check my pulse every once in a while and sometimes I won t feel it for 10 minutes straight. Why does my heart stop for this long? I don t have health insurance so I don t know what I m going to do about this. The money just isn t there. I just had my transmission rebuilt on my car and gas prices are killing me. Are there any over the counter pills I can take for this problem? I have a feeling that if I don t do something about it, that it is going to kill me.
Thu, 10 Dec 2009
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As you said, you can't feel it; that's all. You heart is surely beating regularly and inability to feel your pulse can be due to many reasons, having a cardiac arrest is not one of them. Can you please tell if you have any symptoms associated with inability of feeling your pulse like dizziness or blacking out? Are you thin or obese? Due you feel (without a finger on pulse) that your heart beats are not regular. The first time this happens to you, please put your index finger in front of your ear and apply gentle pressure. If you couldn't feel it, then put index, middle and ring fingers of your right hand in the right left side groove between your trachea (windpipe) and the muscle adjacent to it (sternomastoid muscle) and press also gently for 15 seconds. Sure you will feel your pulse by this method.
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