Heart rate

number of contractions (beats) of the heart per minute (bpm)
Age Normal resting heart rate
(beats per minute) [1]
Newborn 120
Older Child 90-110
Adult 50-100[2] 60-100[3]

Heart rate (HR) is how many times a heart beats per minute (bpm). The average bpm for a man or women who does not exercise is 70 bpm. Heart rate varies between people because of fitness, age and genetics.


  1. Daniel Limmer and Michael F. O'Keefe. 2005. Emergency Care 10th ed. Edward Pearson, Prentice Hall. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. Page 214.
  2. "Adult Health Advisor 2005.4: Tachycardia". Archived from the original on 2009-04-01. Retrieved 2009-06-26.
  3. "2 easy, accurate ways to measure your heart rate". Mayo Clinic.