Measure your health in just 60 seconds
What is the definition of health? Or how can we say that a person is healthy or not?
Everybody has its own definition of health, but that’s not important. Important is how healthy you are actually according to medical science. In medical science also there are many parameters to test your health.
Today we’ll discuss one of the most effective among them and which you can measure at any time and anywhere without the need of any instrument.
The answer is PULSE RATE.
It is the rate at which your heart beats. A normal adult person has a pulse rate between 60 to 100.
Pulse rate completely tells the health of your heart, the higher it is, the more strain is on it, in short, it’s not good. Research says higher the RHR (Resting Heart Rate), greater are the chances of that person to have a premature death.
“In certain cases, a lower RHR (Resting Heart Rate) can mean a higher degree of physical fitness, which is associated with reduced rates of cardiac events like heart attacks,” says Dr. Jason Wasfy, director of quality and analytics at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital Heart Center.
“However, a high RHR could be a sign of an increased risk of cardiac risk in some situations, as the more beats your heart has to take eventually takes a toll on its overall function.”
This number can be influenced by many factors like stress, flu, anxiety, medication etc.
Dr. Wasfy recommends checking your RHR a few times per week and at different times of the day. Although you can check your pulse rate or RHR at any time of a day, it said to be optimum when you are in your bed, immediately after you wake-up in the morning.
“Even small amounts of exercise can make a change,” says Dr. Wasfy. Highly fit athletes have RHR near about 50 per minute and we all know their heart is more powerful than a normal person, hence this is a proof.
Tips for measuring your resting heart rate according to Harvard affiliated Medical School
- Do not take your RHR within one to two hours after exercise or a stressful event. Your heart rate can stay elevated after strenuous activities.
- Wait at least an hour after consuming caffeine, which can cause heart palpitations and make your heart rate rise.
- Press your index and middle fingers together on your wrist, below the fat pad of your thumb. Feel around lightly until you detect throbbing. If you press too hard you may suppress the pulse. You can probably get a pretty accurate reading by counting the number of beats in 60 seconds, Dr. Johnson says
- The American Heart Association recommends checking your resting heart rate first thing in the morning (but before you get out of bed).