The heart rate is a bit like a radiator thermostat – everyone has their own kind of settings. It is often said that a healthy heart beats at rest 40 to 90 times a minute. The accordion is big. For a person accustomed to a low heart rate, 90 is already really distressing and vice versa.
– There is no specific good heart rate for everyone. But if the heart is healthy and the heart rate is at its normal level, the situation is good, emphasizes a cardiologist Joachim Stjernvall.
If your heart rate starts to pick up
So it would be good for everyone to know enough of the typical heart rate zones of their own heart to be able to tell if something out of the ordinary is happening in them.
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For example, if your heart rate starts to accelerate more sensitively during exercise, it may indicate a decrease in your baseline condition. If there is no lifestyle explanation for the deterioration, you should take a closer look.
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Your heart rate may also change. Or the pulse can feel like a loud jump in the ear, especially when lying down. Even then, you should tell your doctor about the changes.
This may be due to an increase in blood pressure or changes in the function of the thyroid gland.
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If the heart does not cause any of its strange sensations, the heart rate can be monitored, for example, once a month.
– The easiest way to detect a pulse is on your wrist or neck. When measuring your heart rate, you should monitor whether your heart rate is regular and even. Whether the heart beats at the same pace as before, Stjernvall advises.
At the same time, the person measuring blood pressure gets to know their heart rate. Once your own numbers become familiar, it’s easy to keep track of whether your heart rate stays regular.
If there are any changes, you should stop to think about how you might have done otherwise. The most common heart rate booster is stress. In many, the heart rate also rises in fever. Momentary changes in heart rate are usually harmless.
– The whining of an individual, or the occasional feeling that a beat is being missed, is almost invariably harmless. Needless to say, they don’t have to know if no heart disease is known.
This is how you measure your heart rate
- The pulse is found either on the wrist or on the side of the neck. Find the pulsating point and press it lightly with two fingers.
- Observe for pulses at regular intervals or irregularly.
- Take the time from the clock or set the phone to alarm after 30 seconds. Calculate how many pulses you feel. Then multiply the result by two to find out your heart rate in a minute.
Expert: Joachim Stjernvall, LL, Cardiology Specialist, Helsinki Heart Hospital and Mehiläinen.
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