What is a normal pulse rate?


Quick Answer

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.

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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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