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Pulse Rate Calculator

Developed by Dr. Varshini Jayaraman,  Ph.D. | Medically Reviewed by Dr. P Manokar, MD, DM (Cardiology), FACC, FSCAI on May 20, 2023

The pulse rate calculator assists in determining the recommended resting average pulse rate for all age groups, including unborn fetus. Resting pulse rate is a vital sign indicating your overall health and helps predict potential future health issues(1 Trusted Source
Importance of resting heart rate

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).
Resting rate has the same value for monitoring of other cardiovascular risk markers such as blood pressure, lipids, smoking status and weight.  This pulse rate calculator aims to raise awareness and encourages self-monitoring to maintain your health. The associations between pulse rate and health are weaker in females for some unknown reason(2 Trusted Source
Resting pulse rate as an indicator of health and disease

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).

Calculate Your Pulse or Heart Rate

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How to count the Pulse Rate or Heart Beat per minute (BPM)?

Pulse rate and heartbeat are the same measurements and essentially interchangeable terms however pulse is generally a simpler and more straightforward way to measure the heart rate.
Pulse rate is counted by putting slight pressure on any artery where pulsations can be felt. The most convenient location is the wrist (radial pulse). Other locations include the side of the neck (carotid pulse), groin (femoral pulse), or side of the foot (posterior tibial artery pulse)(3 Trusted Source
Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations

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).
Method to count the pulse rate -
  1. Turn the hand facing the palm side up.
  2. Place your index finger along with the second and third finger just below the thumb.
  3. Exert slight pressure with the index and second finger against the bone.
  4. Count the pulse for 15 seconds using a watch or clock and multiply the number by 4(4 Trusted Source
    Effect of measurement duration on accuracy of pulse-counting

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    ) or count for a full minute.
Pulse Rate Chart (or) Heart Rate Chart

Important Facts About Pulse Rate or Heartbeat

  • Normal values for pulse rate depend on age and the fitness level.
  • A normal adult has a pulse rate of 72/minute however an athlete’s resting pulse rate maybe below 50 per minute(5 Trusted Source
    Vital Sign Assessment

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    ).
  • An adult with an average resting pulse rate above 70 beats per minute can have a slightly higher incidence of heart attacks.
  • One can lower the pulse rate by lifestyle changes - by controlling what is eaten and by doing regular exercises.
  • Heart beat increases after meals, during sex, during exercise and can vary during the day(6 Trusted Source
    The heart rate increase at the onset of high-work intensity exercise is accelerated by central blood volume loading

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    ).

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  • 1. Importance of resting heart rate
    (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35623552/)
  • 2. Resting pulse rate as an indicator of health and disease
    (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22717860/)
  • 3. Effect of measurement duration on accuracy of pulse-counting
    (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3877911/)
  • 4. Clinical Methods: The History, Physical, and Laboratory Examinations
    (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21250045/)
  • 5. Target Heart Rate and Estimated Maximum Heart Rate
    (https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/measuring/heartrate.htm)
  • 5. Target Heart Rate and Estimated Maximum Heart Rate
    (https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/measuring/heartrate.htm# )
  • 6. Benefits of different intensity of aerobic exercise in modulating body composition among obese young adults: a pilot randomized controlled trial
    (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5571495/ )
  • 7. Association between heart rate variability and manual pulse rate
    (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3743650/)
  • 7. Exercise intensity
    (https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/exercise-intensity)
  • 8. Cardiovascular Effects and Benefits of Exercise
    (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6172294/ )
  • 9. Role of Physical Activity on Mental Health and Well-Being: A Review
    (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC9902068/ )
  • 10. Vital Sign Assessment
    (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31985994/)
  • 11. The heart rate increase at the onset of high-work intensity exercise is accelerated by central blood volume loading
    (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16307281/)

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jean234, United States

My blood pressure is find, I am not a diabetic, my heart is find. Low thyroids and high in cholesterol But checking my pulse rate staying at 46. When exercise outside it is 74. Take water exercise 3 days a week, low pulse rate 48. Have dizzy, tired feelings.

Prakash-Lakhapate, India

Yogasana, Pranayam and Meditation help to reduce Heart Pulse Rate. It also helps to reduce the Blood Pressure. No medicines are required Proper diet and exercise solves the problem. P.J.LAKHAPATE

Grets, Botswana

I am 41 yrs of age, i have high blood pressure, sugar diabetes and i have a 'Bockdalek Hernia', whereby my small intestines and part of my spleen has moved through the diaphraigm to under my left lung. There is a history of heart disease in my family also. Over the past 2 months i've been experiencing palpitations...my heart rate reaching 128 or more and pain going up my neck and into my jaw..could this be related to the hernia or some form of heart condition?

Anishkrn1, India

We have the best solution to any kind of health related problems be it a simple body ache, abnormal blood pressure, joint pains, swelling, over/ low weightage and even diabetes and heart problems.

Ann78, United States

Age 78 253 lbs.pulse 48



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