Heart Rate Monitors

Written by Norene Anderson
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Heart rates will vary considerably throughout a 24-hour day depending on the activity, state of mind, age, and health condition of the person. Newborns offer a heart rate between 120 and 160 beats per minute (bpm). The rate gradually declines as the child grows and approaches the teen years. At that time, the average is between 70 and 80 bpm. This rate decline continues into adulthood where the average adult resting heart rate is from 60 to 90 bpm.

A resting heart rate of more than 90 bpm may be significant and should be discussed with your physician. Heart rate monitors are good to have on hand when exercising. There are upper limits that are safe and are known as "target" heart rates. These vary for different ages and health conditions. While the maximum for a 60-year old may be 160 bpm, the maximum for a healthy 20-year old will be about 200 bpm. These are just illustrations and can vary with each individual.

Heart rate monitors are also used in medical facilities to diagnose patients and determine appropriate treatments. These can be used during surgery to ensure the constant health of the patient. there are many different models of medical heart monitors available to the medical community.

Let Heart Rate Monitors Guide Your Exercise

You should always check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. He or she is the best one to determine a safe limit for you. While there is a maximum, also a minimum should be reached to get the most out of your exercise program. Aerobic exercise should raise the heart rate to an optimal level for a specified amount of time in order to strengthen the heart muscle.


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