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The Rate At Which A Healthy Heart Should Beat According To Age

The heart is an important organ of the body, that is responsible for pumping blood through the network of arteries and veins, known as the cardiovascular system. Your heart rate is calculated based on how fast your heart beats. Your heart rate also shows how healthy you are, and you can measure your heart rate yourself. This can be done by using your middle finger and index finger. You should first find your pulse, before you can calculate your heart rate. You can locate your pulse through your wrist, neck, base of your toe and inner side of your elbow. Most people use the wrist to check for heart rate. Once you find the pulse on your wrist, you have to hold onto that place for 60 seconds and count.

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According to a research made by the American heart association, if you are an adult, your heart rate should be within 60 and 100 beats per minutes, while those within the age of 6 and 15 years should have a heart rate of 70 and 100 beats per minutes.

The good heart rate for your age

Everyone has a different healthy heart rate because, it depends on your age and the kind of physical work you do. Different heart rates according to age are listed below:

1. A new born baby should have a heart rate of 100 to 160 beats per minute.

2. A child who is 0 to 5 months old, should have a heart rate of 90 to 150 beats per minute.

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3. A child who is 6 to 12 months old, should have a heart rate of 80 to 140 beats per minute.

4. A child who is 1 to 3 years, should have a heart rate of 80 to 130 beats per minute.

5. A child who is 3 to 5 years, should have a heart rate of 80 to 120 beats per minute.

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6. A child who is 6 to 10 years, should have a heart rate of 70 to 110 beats per minute.

7. A child who is 11 to 14 years, should have a heart rate of 60 to 105 beats per minute.

8. A person who is 15 years or older, should have a heart rate of 60 to 100 beats per minute.

It is important to know that certain things can increase or decrease your heart rate, and you shouldn't be unnecessarily worried. Your heart rate may increase because of the following:

1. Your heart rate may increase when you take excess coffee or you smoke.

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2. Your heart rate may increase when you are scared.

3. Your heart rate may increase if you have obesity.

4. If you have health conditions like thyroid disorder and low hemoglobin level in the blood, it may increase your heart rate.

5. High consumption of alcohol, may also increase your heart rate.

Your heart rate may reduce if you exercise regularly, and if you have low levels of thyroid hormones in your body. Medications used in treating hypertension and anxiety, may also reduce your heart rate. It is important that you visit a doctor, if your heart beat is irregular.

Source: medicinenet

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