What Is a Normal Heartbeat When Taking Your Blood Pressure?
A blood pressure reading tells you two important numbers: the systolic and diastolic pressure. A third number, your pulse rate—the number of times your heart beats per minute—also helps determine your overall health.
When your heart pumps blood through your arteries, the arteries expand and contract. Your heartbeat tells you the rhythm of your heart and the strength of your pulse.
Factors such as your age, sex and gender affect your heart rate. Females 12 and over generally have faster heart rates than males. Heart rates also fluctuate due to emotions, temperature, altitude, exercise and illness.
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