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Know your pulse – it could save your life

Radio star, Sela Alo, is getting behind the Heart Foundation’s Know your pulse message after his heart rhythm condition, atrial fibrillation, caused a mini stroke while he was on air.

The Life FM’s Breakfast host is encouraging all New Zealanders to check their pulse. The father of three knows all too well that an irregular pulse can be a sign there’s something wrong with your heart.

You only get one shot at life

Toni knows the devastating impact of heart disease. His father had a cardiac arrest at just 52. So when Toni was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, he knew the importance of managing his condition for the sake of his tamariki and moko.

Despite the lifestyle changes, unfortunately Toni had a mini stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA), a couple of years after his AF diagnosis.

Senior woman wearing hiking clothes standing on a wooden bridge over a river with forest in the background.

AF doesn’t have to dominate your life 

Atrial fibrillation (AF) didn’t sneak up on Rose quietly – her first episode quite literally took her breath away.

But although AF has led to further heart problems, Rose has a positive outlook and, with her condition under control, it doesn’t affect her day-to-day life.

What is an irregular pulse?

An irregular pulse is when the heart doesn't beat in a regular rhythm or rate.

An irregular pulse is something you should get checked by your trusted health professional. It could be atrial fibrillation or another type of arrhythmia.

Health professional and patient

Man getting pulse checked

Keep track of your pulse

Learn how to take your pulse and monitor it using our free leaflet. 

The pulse check leaflet features information about your pulse and what to do if you think your pulse is irregular.

Spread the message

Encourage friends and whānau to know their pulse.

Download one of our image tiles and share it on social media. Let everyone know how easy it is to check your pulse. Be sure to include this link in your post for your friends and whānau to find out more: