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Normal Heart Beat

Having a normal heart beat is very important indication of a healthy lifestyle...

Last Updated On: Wednesday, September 01, 2010

 

"Life is one of those precious fleeting gifts, and everything can change in a heartbeat." - Anonymous

It's not necessary to reiterate the importance of heart every time we talk about this organ. Pumping of oxygenated blood by the heart keeps every other organ working, and the human body alive. This pumping action of heart is achieved by the rhythmic contractions and expansions, that we also call heart beat. However, the human body system is a set of coordinating machines that can malfunction, and the human heart is no exception. Hence it becomes imperative if someone does not have a normal heart beat. But, what exactly is a heart beat?

In medical terms, normal heat beat rate refers to normal heart beat per minute also known as heart rate, theoretically which should be between 70-75 beats per min. However, anything between 60 and 80 is considered normal. Having normal heart beat is very important as it is a commonly used parameter for checkingheart health as well as general health. The heart beat is called normal in two cases - when you have a rhythmic heart beat (i.e. not irregular) and a low resting heart rate.

What is Necessary for a Normal Heart Beat?
Here are the two parameters that define the normalcy of heart beat:

Irregular Heart Beat (Arrhythmia)
An arrhythmic heart is not considered to have normal heart beat. Arrhythmia or irregular heartbeats can occur at slow heart rates, i.e. less than 60 bpm, and is called bradyarrhythmia or bradycardia. At high heart rates, i.e. more than 100 bpm, it is known as tachyarrhythmia or tachycardia. Here are some symptoms of arrhythmia, that can show that your heart beat is not normal:

  • Intermittent chest pain orangina, which is the most common symptom of irregular heartbeat.

  • Palpitation or rapid and irregular, intense beating of the heart..

  • Fainting or near-fainting syndrome known as syncope.

  • Difficulty in breathing, especially, while doing physically straining work.

  • Feeling of fluttering or flapping in the chest.

  • Confusion, concentration problems and lightheaded feeling are some other symptoms of irregular heartbeat.

Read more onirregular heartbeat causes.

High Normal Resting Heart Rate
Normal resting heart rate is defined as the number of times the heart beats in one minute, while in resting or sleeping condition. In other words, it is the minimum possible rate of heart beat. It can be compared to the idling of a vehicle. The average heart rate in adults ranges from 65 to 80 beats per minute (bpm). Whereas, the normal resting heart rate for adults can be anywhere between 60 to 70 bpm. The resting heart rate denotes how efficiently your heart and lungs work. Athletes have been known to record less than 50 bpm in resting conditions. The racing cyclist Lance Armstrong regularly records a stunning 30 to 35 bpm! As fitness levels rise, the heart becomes more efficient in pumping blood to all parts of the body. Rise in efficiency means the heart has to beat less number of times per minute, especially, when you're resting. The higher your resting heart rate, harder is the level of work done by your heart. Normal heart beat for children while resting is fairly higher than the adults. Newborns and infants have resting heart rates from 100 to 160 bpm. As the child grows, resting heart rates gradually decrease, and by the age of 12 to 15 years, the rate touches the resting heart rate for adults. Read more onnormal resting heart rate.

Normal heart beat rate table:

Age Group

Normal Beats Per Minute (BPM)

Babies (under 1 year)

100 to 160

Children (1 to 12 years)

60 to 140

Children (above 12 years) and Adults

60 to 100

Well-trained athletes

40 to 60

Any of those with the above symptoms need not worry, but definitely need to be concerned as they are a case with abnormal heart beat. The above information should surely help clear any doubts about normal heart beat. Your normal heart rate reflects on the health of your heart hence, make sure to keep your heart rate slow and steady.

 

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