How high may the pulse be? So it is normal and healthy
Which pulse is considered normal depends on various factors. Accordingly, the limits of how high the pulse may be shift. We explain at what point the heart rate is too high and what factors can affect it.
Pulse: How much pulse is normal
It is very difficult to establish an exact frequency for normal pulse. Several factors must be taken into account:
– A pulse of 60 to 80 beats per minute is considered normal for a healthy adult. – Endurance athletes, however, often have a much lower pulse rate. Heart rates of 30 beats per minute can certainly be measured – and the person feels well and is healthy. – Certain medications slow the pulse. This includes, for example, beta blockers to treat high blood prere. – On the other hand, diseases also affect the heart rate. So people with hyperthyroidism often have an elevated pulse rate. – In short, there are numerous circumstances that influence the pulse rate. In addition to medications and hormones, the weather, time of day, infections, and stress and caffeine also affect the pulse rate.
Pulse not normal – when to see a doctor
An elevated resting pulse rate does not necessarily mean that you are ill. We have already learned what factors affect the pulse, but above a certain threshold you should go to the doctor.
– If your heart beats constantly more than 100 times a minute, this is called tachycardia. Then the pulse is too high. However, this high frequency must exist over a longer period of time. If the pulse rate rises above this limit for a short time, it is not yet tachycardia. It is best to measure your pulse regularly with a pulse watch. – If you take beta blockers or do endurance sports, your resting pulse may be well below the normal value. Then, of course, the limit at which the pulse is too high is shifted. If, for example, you previously had a resting pulse of 40, the tachycardia threshold is correspondingly lower. In this case, you would already be tachycardic at 80 beats per minute. – There are several causes of tachycardia. If you have a fever, your pulse increases. For each degree of fever, you can expect an increase in heart rate of about 10 beats per minute. As soon as the fever goes down, the pulse also returns to normal. – We have already named another cause: Hyperthyroidism. However, heart failure can also cause a high pulse. – In general, if your resting pulse is above 100 beats per minute for a long time (or above the limit that applies to you), you should see a doctor. The problem can often be treated with mild medication. If left untreated, a high pulse rate puts a strain on the heart in the long term – it has to work much harder.
Pulse normal values by age group
Normal values for the resting pulse depend on age.
– In newborns, the heart beats very fast. Here, a pulse between 120 and 140 is normal. – As the child grows, the heart rate slows down over time. A kindergarten child usually has a resting pulse of around 100 beats per minute. – In adolescents, the heart beats about 85 times a minute. – In adulthood, the heart rate reduces to about 70 to 80 beats per minute. For seniors, a resting pulse of 70 to 90 is normal.
Resting pulse: Factors influencing the pulse
A person's age, as well as their level of exercise, affects their resting pulse rate. In addition, there are other factors that have an impact on heart rate.