Pulse Rate

3.2  Pulse Rate

1. Pulse rate is the measurement of the number of heartbeats per minute (bpm).

2. Pulse points are few areas on the body where the pulse can be felt.

  • temple
  • neck
  • elbow
  • wrist
  • behind knee
  • behind ankle

4. Factors that affect our pulse rate

Factors Effect on pulse rate

Male has lower average pulse rate compared to female adults.

This is because the volume of the male heart is larger than female.


Babies and children have higher pulse rates compared to adults.

This is because babies and children have smaller hearts than adults.

Physical activity

The more vigorously the physical activity, the higher the pulse rate.

This is because body cells need more oxygen to carry out the active activity, and the heart beats more to supply oxygen to the body cells.

Health A sick person has a higher pulse rate than a healthy person.