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:
- Level of fitness
- 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.