A normal resting heart rate for adults ranges from 60 to 100 beats a minute.
Generally, a lower heart rate at rest implies more efficient heart function and better cardiovascular fitness. For example, a well-trained athlete might have a normal resting heart rate closer to 40 beats a minute.
To measure your heart rate, simply check your pulse. Place your index and third fingers on your neck to the side of your windpipe. To check your pulse at your wrist, place two fingers between the bone and the tendon over your radial artery — which is located on the thumb side of your wrist.
When you feel your pulse, count the number of beats in 15 seconds. Multiply this number by 4 to calculate your beats per minute.
Keep in mind that many factors can influence heart rate, including:
-Body position (standing up or lying down, for example)
Although there’s a wide range of normal, an unusually high or low heart rate may indicate an underlying problem. Consult your doctor if your resting heart rate is consistently above 100 beats a minute (tachycardia) or below 60 beats a minute (bradycardia) — especially if you have other signs or symptoms, such as fainting, dizziness or shortness of breath.
Video: Beating heart with blood flow via Hybrid Medical Animation
September 6, 2019 at 7:14 pm
Medical science is still so far from knowing what’s happening in our bodies…
Some years ago, I was having some high blood pressure, so they put me into medications… and I bought a blood pressure meter to take care of my body 24/7.
After a while had to cancel the medications as they were producing horrible side effects, but I kept an eye on my diet and my blood pressure.
At some point, after months of diving into this problem, I found that there was NO one definition of what/when/which is the correct blood pressure of my body.
At some point, I asked my doctor: if I take a measurement in the morning, another at noon, another in the afternoon, and one more at night… all being different, which IS MY blood pressure? Some time, even measurements taken a few minutes apart where different. He had no idea… he guessed that it was the AVERAGE… what?
My question had an extra twist, as when you go to the doctor and they measure your blood pressure, the value depends on the size of the cuff they use.
Will we survive the medical guessing?
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September 6, 2019 at 7:30 pm
There are a lot of things to say about blood pressure. Depending on your medical history, doctors do need to eliminate different diagnostics. They can only do that by guessing. So, stay positive, live a healthy life style, and do everything in moderation.