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Posted by: colleen | 2003/02/17

Heart Rate

Could you please tell me how to calculate the resting heart rate and the normal heart rate. Many thanks.

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Hi Colleen

RESTING HEART RATE
You should rest for at least 5 minutes in a seated position before assessing your resting heart rate. This measurement can be made as follows:

1. Palpation
In using this technique, the pulse can be palpated at:
a) the radial artery - on the anterolateral aspect of the wrist in line with the base of the
thumb.
b) the carotid artery - in the neck just lateral to the larynx (voice box).

Procedure
1. Use the tip of the middle and index fingers. Do not use the thumb because it has its own
pulse that can result in an inaccurate measurement.
2. If palpating the carotid artery, do not apply heavy pressure to the area.
3. Start the stopwatch simultaneously with the beat of the pulse. Count the first beat at
zero, then continue counting for 60 seconds.

A normal resting heart rate can be anything from 35 - 100 beats per minute.

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