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How many times is your pulse supposed to beat in a minute....?
just wondering...=D

Samarendra G
Pulse beat = 50 - 88 at normal case.

Janet R

Mrs. Doubtfire
Sadly, -despite all the nonsense answers here, the question is quite meaningless, as nobody can "suppose" anything sensible.

Your (relaxed) pulse rate is quite precisely fixed mathematically according to your physiology. It's the amount of blood your body uses in a minute divided by the amount your heart pumps out at every beat.
Every average adult uses about 5 litres of blood per minute and when you divide that by the 'stroke volume' (which obviously is unique to you) the pulse rate is the result.

So, no matter what nurses "look for" or what anyone considers to be "normal",
(-whether or not it's "in a nutshell" -and god knows, there are lots of 'nuts' on Answers!) your pulse is just as much a unique, personal part of you as your height, weight, inside-leg measurement, or the colour of your eyes and hair. It just happens most people are roughly about 60-80 bpm, but many aren't and they're perfectly normal. Dr. Roger Bannister, the man who ran the first 4-minute Mile, was about 50 bpm.... you can't get much more normal than that, can you.

So, whatever yours is, is normal and right for you. Don't let the para-medics, student nurses' assistants, bleeding-hearts, lonely hearts - and various assorted trolley-pushers "SUPPOSE" anything.

Sarah W
As a nurse, I look for around 60 beats per minute.
Some super fit people are as low as 40, but my heart beats like a little mouse at 80!

Varies with age. At birth it is 135 - 140 bpm and gets little faster in the first few weeks (up to 150) then slows down to reach between 60 - 100 in adult life (starting from adolescence). This is the resting heart rate. It can normally increase with exercise, stress, fear, strong emotions (even seeing a horror or action movie), tea, coffe, and abnormally in many common diseases including fever, anemia, and thyroid disease. Heart rate will accelerate significantly with strong exercise but nearly always stays less than 180 in adults.

burning brightly
60 to 80 is considered normal ~~

Target Heart Rates

AHA Recommendation

Age Target HR Zone
50–85 % Average Maximum
Heart Rate
100 %
20 years 100–170 beats per minute 200 beats per minute
25 years 98–166 beats per minute 195 beats per minute
30 years 95–162 beats per minute 190 beats per minute
35 years 93–157 beats per minute 185 beats per minute
40 years 90–153 beats per minute 180 beats per minute
45 years 88–149 beats per minute 175 beats per minute
50 years 85–145 beats per minute 170 beats per minute
55 years 83–140 beats per minute 165 beats per minute
60 years 80–136 beats per minute 160 beats per minute
65 years 78–132 beats per minute 155 beats per minute
70 years 75–128 beats per minute 150 beats per minute

Your maximum heart rate is about 220 minus your age. The figures above are averages, so use them as general guidelines.

Mike F.
ya it really depends. if youre in good shape your heart will beat slower. if youre totally relaxed it probably shouldnt be over 75

I would argue with TICH4592 that it is useful to know a range of normals. I would not expect an obese male/female who comes into the clinic with a pulse of 38. In fact, this may be "normal" for him, but such a pulse would raise my suspicion for other problems. (If he were in CT, MA, NY, lyme disease is a very common cause of heart block).

Likewise, an eldery male coming into clinic with a pulse of 120-130s, may be "normal" for him, but I would doubt it. I would immediately look for additional causes for that pulse rate (hyperthyoid, atrial fibrillation, etc --- all common enough diseases).

Thus, while the heart normally does adjust its rate according to the physiologic needs of the body, it's not perfect. Diabetes is all to common. It causes nerve damage to the carotid bodies, vagus nerve, phrenic nerve -- all of which help regulate the heart's function. In addition, diabetics suffer silent Mi's all the time. hyperthyroidism, lyme disease, diarrhea, dehydration, fevers, the list of medical conditions altering the hearts ability to regulate its pulse goes on and on.

In addition, a patient's INITIAL history is not always reliable. Males are especially notorious for not complaining about symptoms, so sometimes you use whatever clues you have available.

It is useful to give a range of normal values, but as you correctly say, one should realize that for many their "normals" lie outside the accepted range.

Ryan E
anywhere from 50-100 is fine.... pending sitting, standing, ect.
typically the lower the better, unless you get a little to low..

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