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Normal Pulse Rate and Blood Pressure

By Contributing Writer

Normal pulse rate and blood pressure are two of the leading indicators of an individual's physical health. Pulse is defined as the number of times a person's heart beats per minute, and is often measured at the neck, temple, wrist, back of the knee or inside of the foot. Blood pressure, on the other hand, is the force with which a person's blood pushes against the arterial walls.

Infant Pulse Rate

According to the National Institutes of Health, the normal pulse rate of a newborn infant will be between 100 and 160 beats per minute.

Pulse Rate for Children 10 and Under

Children ages 12 months to 10 years have a normal pulse rate of 70 to 120 beats per minute.

Pulse Rate for Children Over 10 and Adults

The typical pulse rate in children over 10, adults and senior citizens will be 60 to 100 beats per minute (lower for professional athletes, according to the NIH).

Normal Blood Pressure

According to the NIH, normal blood pressure is 120/80 or under.

Prehypertension and High Blood Pressure

A measure of 121/81 through 139/89 is considered prehypertension, a condition of elevated blood pressure that is not as serious as hypertension or high blood pressure. A measure of 140/90 or higher is considered hypertension, which can lead to strokes, heart attacks or kidney failure.

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