Human beings suffer from very many diseases some of which can be arguably prevented. Some of these diseases affect the vital organs in your body including the brain, lungs, and even the heart. It is very sad to go to the hospital only to the hospital with a condition that if it could have been discovered earlier, there would be high chances of healing. In this article, we focus on letting you know how you can measure your heart rate and possibly be in a position to tell what is normal and what is not. Just so you know, you can measure your heart rate at any part of your body that the artery is located closer to your skin. This is usually done on the wrist, elbow, groin, and the neck.
What heart rate is considered normal?
Before we let you know how you can take a measurement of your heart rate, it is important to know what the normal heart beat is at its resting time. For adults, it ranges from 60 to 100 beats in every sixty seconds. A lower heart rate indicates that your heart is functioning properly so don’t panic if you record a heart rate of fewer than 50 beats per minute. For instance, an athlete who has been hitting the gym and gets his exercises in training right might record heart rates of as low as 40 beats per minute.
What are the factors that affect your heart rate?
The heartbeats rates provided above are only true if you are in a resting position. However, there are other various factors that may increase or decrease your heart rate. Some of these factors include;
- Activity level– this is one of the major factors that may affect your heart rates. If you are the type to involve yourself in activities such as sports, hard tasks or any other activity that requires the use of high-energy, your heart rates will definitely be higher.
- Fitness level– this is also another factor. The more you keep yourself fit, the lower your heart rate.
- Body position– your heart rate can also be affected by your body posture. For instance, your heart rate when you are standing will be different from when you are sitting or lying down.
- Emotions– your emotional status will also affect your heart rate. For example, if you are angry, your heart will tend to beat faster.
- Body size– this also hugely affects your heart rate. The bigger your size the slower your heart beat. For instance, the heart rate of a child is faster as compared to that of a grown up man.
How do you measure your heart rate?
There are two ways to which you can use to measure your heart rate;
This method is further subdivided into two;
Radius pulse (wrist)
In this method, you are required to place your index and the middle fingers (not your thumb) on the opposite hand’s wrist. As soon as you feel your impulse, start counting the heart beats for one minute and record the results.
This method is also known as the neck pulse. In order to achieve this, you should put both the index and the middle finger on either side of your neck and the same time taking care not to exert too much pressure on it. Soon as you feel your impulse, start counting your heart beats for one minute and record the results.
You can also count your heart beats for the first ten minutes and multiply the results by six, or you can count for the first 15 minutes and multiply the results by 4. The manual method, however, has one major undoing and that is the fact that you are bound to make mistakes while counting the heart beats, therefore, making the results inaccurate.
This is the most effective way of measuring your heart rate. A phone app has also been developed for the same function. The monitor method is more efficient as it can be able to take measurement even in a condition that you are exercising and therefore you are in motion. It is also efficient as the recorded results can be downloaded and stored to a computer making it easier for analysis to be carried out.
Basing on the above discussion, it is safe to say that heart rates can be easy to take and do not require many techniques. However, you are advised to seek medical advice if you constantly record over 100 heart beats per minute. While this can be done manually, using the monitor is more effective and accurate.