Heart Healthy Tips - Knowing Normal Heart Rate At Rest

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How to Know When Normal Resting Heart Rate
Normal adult heart rate ranges from 60-100 beats per minute.

For the trained athlete, a normal resting heart rate will be lower around 40 times per minute.

For healthy adults, a lower heart rate at rest generally implies an efficient heart function and better fitness levels.

To measure heart rate, simply check your pulse. With your palm facing up, place two fingers on the pulse of your wrist or attach forefinger and thumb on the neck close to the throat.

Count the beats for 10 seconds. Calculate time using a clock or stopwatch. Multiply the result of a calculation for 10 seconds before the 6 to determine the number of times your heart beats in one minute.

Keep in mind that many factors can affect heart rate, including:

■ The level of physical activity

■ fitness levels

■ Temperatures

■ Body position (standing or lying down, for example)

■ Emotions

■ Body Size

■ Consumption of drugs

Heart rate that is too high or low may indicate a problem.

Consult with your doctor if your resting heart rate is consistently above 100 beats per minute (tachycardia) or below 60 beats min (bradycardia) - especially if accompanied by other symptoms such as fainting, dizziness, or shortness of breath.