What Is Heart Rate?
The heart rate, also called the pulse, is the number of times the heartbeats per minute (BPM).
To find your heart rate, check your pulse, which can be felt on your:
- Inside of the elbow
- Side of the neck
- Top of the foot
Place your finger (not your thumb) over your pulse and count the number of beats in 60 seconds to get your heart rate.
What Is A Good Heart Rate for My Age?
According to the American Heart Association, a normal resting heart rate is between 60 (beats per minute) and 100 (beats per minute) for people 15 years and older.
However, a low heart rate can also be common in athletes, people who are physically fit, or people who take medications such as beta-blockers.
The Chart shows normal heart rates by age.
|Age range||Heart Rate (beats per minute, or BPM)|
|15 years and older||60-100|
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