Resting heart rate

The resting pulse is the number of pulse waves that you can feel at rest through arteries. It can change due to illness, medication or sport. Learn more!

Resting heart rate

Of the resting heart rate - colloquially also called normal pulse or normal pulse - refers to the pulse rate, which can be felt via arteries. Diseases, medicines and also sports can cause the resting heart rate to drop or rise. Read all about the resting pulse, how it is measured and how high the pulse may be.

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resting heart rate

  • What is the resting pulse?

  • How do you measure the resting heart rate?

  • Which pulse is normal?

  • Resting pulse: Athletes have lower values

What is the resting pulse?

A resting heart rate is the number of pulse waves that can be counted per minute via arteries, for example, on the wrist. In general speech understanding, however, the "resting heart rate" is equated with the resting heart rate. It represents the number of contractions with which the heart pumps blood into the circulation when the body is not stressed.

If the pulse rate increases with emotional or physical stress, it is called tachycardia. Also in case of fever, heart failure or diseases of the thyroid gland, the heart increases its work by beating faster. The most common reasons for an increased heart rate at the doctor, however, are the stress and excitement of the medical examination.

If the heartbeat slows down, this is called bradycardia. In addition to regular endurance sports, especially drugs and heart disease lower the pulse rate. Taking into account age and gender, you can determine normal pulse values ​​using the table below.

How do you measure the resting heart rate?

Ideally, the resting heartbeat is measured in the morning before getting up. If you press your fingers lightly on the artery on the inside of the wrist or the neck, you can count the beats for one minute and thus receive the normal pulse. Alternatively, count only 30 or 15 seconds and then multiply the number of heartbeats by 2 and 4, respectively.

For these diseases, the examination is important

  • Myocarditis
  • Arrhythmia

Which pulse is normal?

In spite of many factors that are important for the resting heart rate, such as weather, time of day or even the effect of caffeine, normal pulse values ​​can be specified in resting pulse tables. However, these are only used as a guide, since the normal resting pulse in each person depends on age, gender, height, weight and many other influences. There is no such thing as an optimal rest pulse.

Resting heart table

Normocardia (normal pulse)

Bradycardia (slow pulse)

Tachycardia (fast pulse)

60 - 100 per minute

<60 per minute

> 100 per minute

Pulse in children





150 - 160 per minute

120 - 140 per minute

Approximately 100 per minute

Approximately 85 per minute

Pulse in adults




pregnant woman

70 - 80 per minute

70 - 90 per minute

30 - 40 per minute

Increase of the heart rate by approx. 10 - 20 per minute

In women, the pulse is usually slightly faster than men.

How and where can you feel your pulse? And what should be considered when measuring the heart rate?

Resting pulse: Athletes have lower values

If the heart is repeatedly stressed by sporting activities, its volume and muscle mass increase as a training effect. As a result, a larger amount of blood is pumped into the arteries with each beat than with the untrained. For a sufficient supply of organs, muscles and tissues then less heartbeats are needed and thus is also a lower resting heart rate measurable.

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