Overview Test Details Resources What is your pulse? Your pulse is your heart rate, or the number of times your heart beats in one minute. Pulse rates vary from person to person. Your pulse is lower when you are at rest and increases when you exercise more oxygen-rich blood is needed by the body when you exercise. Knowing how to take your pulse can help you evaluate your exercise program. How to take your pulse Place the tips of your index, second and third fingers on the palm side of your other wrist below the base of the thumb.
Matthew Solan Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch One of the easiest, and maybe most effective, ways to gauge your health can be done in 30 seconds with two fingers. Place your index and middle finger on your wrist just below the thumb, or along either side of your neck, so you can feel your pulse. Use a watch to count the number of beats for 30 seconds and double it to get your beats per minute. Repeat a few times to ensure an accurate reading. An RHR between 60 and beats per minute is considered normal for adults. All in the numbers Your RHR, when considered in the context of other markers, such as blood pressure and cholesterol, can help identify potential health problems as well as gauge your current heart health.
Takeaway The heart rate is one of the 'vital signs,' or the important indicators of health in the human body. It measures the number of times per minute that the heart contracts or beats. The speed of the heartbeat varies as a result of physical activity, threats to safety, and emotional responses. The resting heart rate refers to the heart rate when a person is relaxed. While a normal heart rate does not guarantee that a person is free of health problems, it is a useful benchmark for identifying a range of health issues.
January 12, Normal heart rate varies from person to person, but a normal range for adults is 60 to beats per minute, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, a normal heart rate depends on the individual, age, body size, heart conditions, whether the person is sitting or moving, medication use and even air temperature. Emotions can affect heart rate; for example, getting excited or scared can increase the heart rate.