Pulse Rate Chart: Find Out if Your Pulse Rate is Normal

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A pulse rate chart displays the average resting heart rates of babies, children and adults.  In adults, the lower the resting heart rate the more fit the person is.

Resting Pulse Rate Chart for Cardiac Health

To calculate the resting pulse rate it is important to make sure the person being measured is resting.  This could involve sitting for a period of time to ensure the person’s heart is beating normally while at rest.  A person who is active and undergoing some sort of exercise will have a higher pulse reading.

The resting heart rate can be measured by placing two fingers, typically the index and middle finger, alongside the inner wrist or side of neck to detect the beating heart.  A low pulse rate indicates the person is more fit while a high pulse rate could indicate poor health.  Factors that affect the pulse rate are as follows:

  • Age
  • Level of fitness
  • Gender
  • Stress level

The pulse can be calculated by counting the number of pulses or beats in a 15 or 30 second interval.  If time for 15 seconds, the number should be multiplied by four to determine how many beats per minute are taking place.  This will give you the resting heart rate.

Top Pulse Rate Numbers for Normal Adults and Children

When measuring the pulse rate it is best to have the subject sit quietly for approximately ten minutes before starting to count.  This will ensure that the person is operating at a resting stage.

Some of the top numbers, indicated a healthy individual, found on a heart rate chart are as follows:

  • Babies (up to age 1) – 100-160
  • Children (age 1-10) – 60 – 145
  • Age 10 through adulthood – 60 – 100
  • Fit athletes – 40 – 60

The lower the number the more fit the individual.  It has been documented that the renowned cyclist, Lance Armstrong, has a resting heart rate of 32 beats per minute.

Review:  Blood Pressure Chart

Keeping tabs on your blood pressure readings is just as important as knowing what your resting heart rate is.  A blood pressure measurement detects the amount of blood forced through the arteries.  A systolic and diastolic number is detected and the readings are measured in millimeters of mercury or mmHG.

A blood pressure chart reading for a normal adult is 90/80 mmHG to 120/140 mmHG.  This is a normal blood pressure range.

High blood pressure indicates that the person is unhealthy and remedies need to take place to alleviate serious problems.  Diet, exercise, and quitting smoking are among the top things to do to lower your blood pressure.

A pulse rate chart can assist you in knowing how your heart rate measures up to the rest.  If you are healthy your rate may be lower but if you are obese or out of shape a higher rate may be reflected.  It is never too late to lower that rate.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Dinesh Rana October 27, 2011 at 10:20 am

Dear Dr.
i m of 70 n diabetic & high BP patient. nowadays I suffers with high pulse rate about 90-110. So Dr. but I can do for a normal pulse rate.

maureen brown April 13, 2012 at 4:22 am

I have white coat syndrom and have been ask to take my bloodpresser at haome for a week and i have found my average reading was 149x73x 57to60pluse and i wonder if my pluse is to low thank you

Donna Foulks June 14, 2012 at 3:16 pm

my blood preasure is right now 147/87 pauls is 97 please is this to be concerned I do take pills I am under lots of emotional stress right now just don’t know what to do is this smoenthing I should consider Emergency care…in hospital..to ck

frank loh October 8, 2012 at 11:18 pm

I am 65, male. resting pulse rate 50 to 54 per mn, but blood pressure 160/110, exercise every day for at least 60mns. Did not know why! Also meditate for 30 to60 mns every day.Not much control on diet. Nonsmoker. drink socially once or twice a week with small amount of beer and red wine.

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