# Pulse Rate (BPM) Chart and Information

## Medical Calculators and Charts

Ian C. Langtree - Content Writer/Editor for Disabled World
Published: 2011/06/09 - Updated: 2024/04/07
Publication Type: Charts, Graphs, Tables
Contents: Summary - Definition - Introduction - Main - Related

Synopsis: Instructions on how to check your pulse rate, including a chart of what your beats per minute (BPM) should be for children and adults. Your pulse is usually called your heart rate, the number of times your heart beats each minute (bpm). The average resting pulse rate for humans is usually around 60 to 100 beats per minute. You can measure your pulse rate anywhere an artery comes close to the skin, such as in your wrist, neck, temple area, groin, behind the knee, or top of your foot.

## Introduction

By checking your pulse and comparing the resulting beats per minute (BPM) using the pulse rate chart below, you can find out how well your heart is working and your general health and fitness levels.

### Main Digest

Pulse rates vary from person to person. The normal pulse rate for humans is usually 60 to 100 beats per minute. However, there are certain medical conditions, such as cardiac arrhythmia, which may alter the normal pulse rate of an individual. Other influencing factors include your age, gender, and fitness level.

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### How To Check Your Pulse Rate

You can measure your pulse rate anywhere an artery comes close to the skin, such as in your wrist, neck, temple area, groin, behind the knee, or top of your foot.

• Wrist: You can check your pulse rate by placing the tips of your index, second and third fingers on the palm side of your other wrist, below the base of the thumb, or on your lower neck, on either side of your windpipe. Please do not use your thumb because it has a pulse you may feel.
• Carotid Artery: This is located in your neck, on either side of your windpipe. Be careful when checking your pulse in this location, especially if you are older than 65. If you press too hard, you may become lightheaded and dizzy.
• Heart Beat: Your pulse can also be measured by listening to the heartbeat directly (auscultation), traditionally using a stethoscope.
• Pulse Meter: Electronic pulse meters automatically check your pulse, and sometimes your blood oxygen level as well, in your finger, wrist, or chest. These devices are helpful if you have trouble measuring your pulse or wish to check your pulse while you exercise. Some exercise machines, such as treadmills, have a pulse meter built into the device.
• Beats Per Minute: Count the beats for 15 seconds and multiply this number by 4 to get your pulse per minute. Checking your pulse rates when resting, during exercises, or after it provides general information about your overall fitness level.
Baby and Child Pulse Rate (BPM)
1st month of life - 70-190 bpm
Between 1 and 11 Months - 80-160 bpm
1 and 2 yrs - 80-130 bpm
3 and 4 yrs - 80-120 bpm
5 and 6 yrs - 75-115 bpm
Between 7 and 9 yrs - 70-110 bpm
10 years of age plus - 60-100 bpm

The chart below shows target heart rates for different ages. An adult's maximum heart rate is around 220 bpm, minus your age.

Age Target Heart Rate 50 - 85% Average Maximum Heart Rate 100%
20 years 100-170 beats per minute 200 beats per minute
30 yrs 95-162 bpm 190 bpm
35 yrs 93-157 bpm 185 bpm
40 yrs 90-153 bpm 180 bpm
45 yrs 88-149 bpm 175 bpm
50 yrs 85-145 bpm 170 bpm
55 yrs 83-140 bpm 165 bpm
60 yrs 80-136 bpm 160 bpm
65 yrs 78-132 bpm 155 bpm
70 yrs 75-128 bpm 150 bpm

### Heart Rate Explanations

• Tachycardia: Means the heart is beating too fast at rest (usually over 100 beats a minute (BPM))
• Bradycardia: A heart rate that is too slow (usually below 60 beats a minute(BPM))
• Target Heart Rate: You gain the most benefits and lessen the risks when you exercise in your target heart rate zone. Usually this is when your exercise heart rate (pulse) is 60 percent to 80 percent of your maximum heart rate - (Target Heart Rate Calculator and Chart)
• Maximum Heart Rate: The maximum heart rate is the highest your pulse rate can get. To calculate your predicted maximum heart rate, use the formula: 220 - Your Age = Predicted Maximum Heart Rate

NOTE: It is recommended that a physician be consulted for advice in event of doubts or therapy.

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