Normal pulse and heart rate in adults
For healthy adults, their normal pulse and heart rate should be around 60 to 100 beats per minute. This is measured when a person is at rest, because certain situations such as physical activity, can affect a person’s heart rate.
Having a lower heart rate than normal can be the sign of a healthy heart. This means that the heart is working efficiently to pump blood throughout the body. In fact, professional athletes usually have a resting heart rate that’s about 40 beats per minute.
On the other hand, if your resting heart rate is higher than 100 beats per minute, then it could mean that you have tachycardia, or a fast heartbeat. In some cases, this should not be a cause for concern, but it could also be a sign that there might be a problem with your heart.
Having a regular heart rate is also important
Another important aspect of a person’s heart health is having a regular heart rhythm. This means that a healthy heart should beat at a constant rate and only changes when the heart rate goes up or goes down.
If a person’s heart rhythm is inconsistent or not regular, then that person is said to have arrhythmia. Arrhythmia can be caused by a number of things, such as having been born with a heart defect. In some cases, it could mean that either the upper or lower chambers of the heart have problems.
Having arrhythmia can mean that the heart is not pumping blood efficiently throughout the body. This can result in insufficient blood flow to certain organs, and can even lead to cardiac arrest if left untreated.