Calculate your Heart Rate

Heart rate is “the rate at which the heart beats”1.

It is usually calculated at the neck or wrist.

Heart rate is often measured in BPM.


Per definition2, pulse is “the regular expansion of an artery caused by the ejection of blood into the arterial system by the contractions of the heart” and “the palpable beat resulting from such pulse as detected in a superficial artery”.

So, to estimate the heart rate, we should take the pulse for a minute.


At wrist, we can feel the radial artery.

Image credits: Michael Hale / CC BY-SA

To take the radial pulse3:

  1. “Place index and middle fingers over the artery and press lightly”
  2. Count heartbeats for 60 seconds.
    1. Count should be started on a beat, starting from zero.
  3. Now we know the heart rate bpm.
Image credits: Alith3204 / CC BY-SA


  1. Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Heart rate. In dictionary. Retrieved June 2, 2020, from ↩︎

  2. Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). Pulse. In dictionary. Retrieved June 2, 2020, from ↩︎

  3. CDC Website ↩︎

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