How to Calculate Heart Rate

Find out if you have a healthy ticker by measuring your heart rate.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Generally the lower the number of beats, the better. A typical range for a healthy adult at rest is 60 to 100 beats per minute.
  • Step 2: Keep in mind that factors such as exercise level, air temperature, and the use of medications can influence heart rate. If your heart rate is consistently below 60 or above 100 beats per minute, consult a doctor.
  • FACT: The heart rate of an athlete at rest can be as low as 40 beats per minute.
  • Step 3: Multiply the number of pulses by 6 to determine how many times your heart beats in 1 minute.
  • TIP: Use a timer or the second hand on a clock or watch to time the measurement.
  • TIP: Don't use your thumb, since your thumb has its own pulse.
  • Step 4: Once you find your pulse, count the number of beats in a 10-second interval.
  • Step 5: Hold one hand with the palm facing up. Find your pulse on your wrist using the tips of the index and middle fingers of your other hand. You can also find a pulse with your fingertips on your neck beside your windpipe.

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