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What is a normal pulse rate?

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The normal resting heart rate varies by age and is between 70 to 100 beats per minute for children and between 60 to 100 beats per minute for adults. A resting pulse of over 100 beats per minute is called tachycardia, and one below 60 is called bradycardia.

Individual heart rates differ based on a person's fitness level, emotional state, body position and body size, as well as on the ambient air temperature and present medications, which can both increase or decrease a person's pulse. Other measurements of pulse rate are the target heart and the maximum heart rate, both of which decrease with aging.

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