There are a number of myths surrounding us, so are for heart rates which are merely being debunked down here:
1. The normal heart beats at 60–100 times a minute
Current studies say that the better shape you are in, the slower your heart beat will be and it is very much supposed to be that way.
Many medical professionals think that having a lower heart rate, around 50–70 beats/minute is fine. According to the British Medical Journal, a resting heart rate higher than 76 beats per minute is associated with heart disease.
2. Abnormally fast heart beat associated with heart attack
Erratic heart rate or palpitations caused due to various reasons like stress, dehydration, medication, fever, exercise, alcohol, caffeine etc. is the major reason behind the irregular heart beat and is considered normal until it’s followed with difficulty in breathing and chest pain which might be due to a heart attack episode.
3. Raised pulse caused due to stress
Stress is not always the reason behind your pulse raising, it can be as simple as a good routine of exercise or feeling of anxiousness that might make your pulse go racing.
While medication and change in the weather can drastically affect, simple activities like when you stand, after sitting can increases your pulse for the next 20 seconds. The weather can affect your pulse as well, for instances, high temperature or high humidity cause heart to beat faster.
4. Normal pulse means normal blood pressure
It is usually argued that a normal pulse is associated with a normal blood pressure, that doesn’t hold ground in reality as there is no relation between pulse and pressure. A person with normal pulse can have high blood pressure. On the other hand, someone with normal blood pressure can have abnormal pulse.
5. Low pulse indicates a weaker heart
A low pulse rate does not necessarily mean a weak heart as it’s completely normal for an athlete to have a lower pulse rate mainly because their heart doesn’t have to work harder to keep up the steady beat. Slow heart rate may act as a problem if it’s followed by dizziness, shortness of breath or chest pain which may be directly pointing towards heart attack.