You can usually feel your pulse on your wrist or in your lower neck. When viewed in films, this pulse is usually checked to see if the actor in the film is alive or dead. Surely you have often seen the scene. However, what do we actually measure the pulse for? Do you know how many normal pulses? Meanwhile, check out the recommended oximeters for the more accurate measurement of someone’s pulse.
Why do you know the pulse?
The pulse reflects your heart rate, how many times the heart beats per minute. Pulse can also show the heart rhythm and the strength of your heartbeat. Monitoring the amount of your pulse at rest, while exercising, or immediately after exercise can indicate your level of fitness.
Checking your pulse can even help you find the health problem you are experiencing. For example, a faster pulse can be caused by anemia, fever, some types of heart disease, or the use of certain drugs, such as decongestants. Meanwhile, a slower pulse can show disease or drugs related to heart disease, such as beta-blockers. In an emergency, the pulse can also help indicate whether the heart is pumping enough blood.
What is the normal pulse?
Pulse rate can vary between individuals. The amount can be lower when you are in a state of rest and can increase when you are exercising. This is because during exercise the body needs more blood that carries oxygen to all cells in the body.
The following is the number of normal pulses per minute:
Infants up t,o 1-year-old: 100-160 times per minute
Children aged 1-10 years: 70-120 times per minute
Children aged 11-17 years: 60-100 times per minute
Adults: 60-100 times per minute
Athletes with good conditions: 40-60 times per minute
Generally, the pulse that is in the lowest range (60 times per minute for example in adults) at rest shows that the heart works efficiently when pumping your blood and your body is more fit. Active people have better heart muscle so the heart does not need to work hard to maintain body function. So, it’s no wonder that well-trained athletes have a pulse of about 40 times per minute.