How to read pulse

Fast facts on checking your pulse.

  • Turn one hand over, so it is palm-side up.
  • Use the other hand to place two fingertips gently in the groove on the forearm, down from the fold of the wrist and about an inch along from the base
  • When the position is right, you should feel the pulsation of your heart beat.

What is the best pulse reading?

Age (years) Target heart rate zone at 50 to 85 percent exertion (bpm) Average maximum heart rate at 100 percent exertion (bpm)
20 100 to 170 200
30 95 to 162 190
35 93 to 157 185
40 90 to 153 180

What should your pulse be reading?

For adults a healthy pulse rate is between 60 and 100 (it will be higher after exercise), for children it is between 70 and 120 (the younger the higher). You should also measure the strength of the pulse which is often reported on a scale of 0-4.

What is the normal pulse reading?

A pulse is the measurement of how many times your heart beats per minute. The normal pulse for a healthy adult is between 60 and 100 beats per minute.

How do you check a pulse?

The most common place for a person to measure his own pulse is just below the wrist on the palm side. To check a pulse, the first two fingers are placed on the inside of the wrist just below the base of the thumb. If you’re inexperienced at taking your pulse, feel around a little until you notice where the pulse is.

Is a pulse rate of 44 good?

A resting heart rate of 44 beats per minute (or 7.3 beats every 10 seconds) is slower than the 60 to 100 bpm range considered normal for adults. A heart rate below 60 bpm for adults is a condition called bradycardia Bradycardia Heart rate slower than 60 beats per minute. and is usually abnormal.

Is it bad to have a resting heart rate of 130 Bpm?

A heart rate of 130 beats per minute (or 21.7 beats every 10 seconds) is higher than the range considered normal for adults and children over ten. 3 It is normal for children under ten to have pulses over 100. Consult the table below to determine if a 130 is normal for your child’s age.

What is an acceptable pulse rate?

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.

Is a pulse rate of 62 okay?

Normal rest pulse rate is about 72. The fitter you are, the more efficiently your body processes oxygen, so the lower your rest pulse. Elite athletes can have a rest pulse of 48 or even lower. So to answer your question, yes, a pulse rate of 62 is fine.