The heart rate is the number of heartbeats for a period of time, usually one minute. It varies base on many parameters such as :
The presence of a pathology
The emotions, stress
physical activity, weather
Hormonal changes or fluctuations
Taking medication, etc.
The American Heart Association states the normal resting adult human heart rate is 60–100 bpm. Tachycardia is a fast heart rate, defined as above 100 bpm at rest. Bradycardia is a slow heart rate, defined as below 60 bpm at rest. During sleep, a slow heartbeat with rates around 40–50 bpm is common and is considered normal. When the heart is not beating in a regular pattern, this is referred to as an arrhythmia. Abnormalities of heart rate sometimes indicate disease
It is slightly higher in women than in men.
The hearts of children beat faster: in the newborn, between 120 and 160 times per minute!
On the contrary, in athletes, the heart rate can drop to very low levels, up to 40 bpm.
When you exercise, the heart rate increases, especially as the effort is sustained. The muscles are better supplied with oxygen and nutrients. The heart rate, however, reaches a threshold that can not be exceeded, which corresponds to the maximum heart rate.
How to measure Heart rate
Place two fingers (the index finger and the middle finger) on an artery, at the wrist for example, or the neck.
Count the number of beats thus felt for a minute precisely.
To make sure is recommended to repeat the operation three or four times in a row and then average the results obtained.
Heart Rate Monitor
The heart rate monitor most of the time is used by professionals it is particularly useful for endurance athletes, in order to better dose their effort.
In many cases, it may not be accessible to everyone
An electrocardiogram is used by the cardiologist
Is a diagnostic tool that is routinely used to assess the electrical and muscular functions of the heart. While it is a relatively simple test to perform, the interpretation of the ECG tracing requires significant amounts of training.
Complications associated with a high heart rate
High blood pressure;
insufficient blood supply to the heart muscle due to coronary heart disease (atherosclerosis)
Valvular heart disease,
Heart failure, cardiac muscle disease (cardiomyopathy)
Tumors or infections;
Other medical conditions, such as thyroid disease, certain lung diseases, electrolyte imbalance, or alcohol or drug abuse
Emotional stress or the consumption of large amounts of alcoholic or caffeinated beverages.
Causes of a high heart rate
Lack of exercise, poor eating habits, smoking, alcohol, and drugs consumption
Heart diseases and health issues ( illness)
Food for a good Heart Rate
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and fish oil such as salmon, tuna, mackerel
Lean meats, nuts such as almonds or walnuts
Leafy Green vegetables, and most fruits
Whole grains, Fiber and bean sprouts
How to naturally lower heart rate
Relaxing and trying to remain calm.
Practice physical activity
Take 30 to 45 minutes walk recommended in nature or far from the urban environment
Take a warm shower or bath, stay in for long relaxation time
Avoid stress, enjoy to relaxation music, stretching
Practice Yoga or another form of meditation
Your heart is a precious gift, a unique body engine Take care of yourself and enjoy a long life.