Heart rate is the speed of the heartbeat measured by the number of contractions beats of the heart per minute bpm. The American Heart Association states the normal resting adult human heart rate is 60— bpm. During sleep a slow heartbeat with rates around 40—50 bpm is common and is considered normal. When the heart is not beating in a regular pattern, this is referred to as an arrhythmia.
How to check your resting heart rate
What Is a Normal Heart Rate? | Live Science
Subscriber Account active since. Heart rate varies from person to person and depends on age, gender, fitness level, and overall lifestyle, but according to the American Heart Association , a normal resting heart rate for an adult ranges from 60 to bpm. It may seem inconsequential, but knowing your heart rate is an important indicator to your overall heart health, especially if you have any health conditions that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Here's what you need to know to understand your heart rate, including what medical experts consider good and healthy. Measuring your heart rate is the same as checking your pulse. The easiest, most common places to find your pulse or someone else's pulse is at the wrist or the side of the neck. When you feel your pulse, take a few moments to take note of its strength and rhythm.
Bradycardia: Slow Heart Rate
Error: This is required. Error: Not a valid value. Your resting heart rate, or pulse, is the number of times your heart beats per minute when you are at rest — such as when you are relaxed, sitting or lying down. Resting heart rate varies from person to person.
Elderly people, for example, are more prone to bradycardia. In general, for adults, a resting heart rate of fewer than 60 beats per minute BPM qualifies as bradycardia. But there are exceptions. Your heart rate may fall below 60 BPM during deep sleep.