top of page

Understand your heart to keep it healthy!

Maintaining the health of the heart is important as we grow older. Creating a heart-healthy approach to life may be one of the best investments an individual can make in the future. Any Heart disease and the conditions that lead to it—can happen at any age. High rates of obesity and high blood pressure among younger people (ages 35–64) are putting them at risk for heart disease earlier in life.

Even if you’re not an athlete, knowledge about your heart rate can help you monitor your fitness level — and it might even help you spot developing health problems. Your heart rate, or pulse, is the number of times your heart beats per minute.

Normal heart rate varies from person to person. The Normal heart rate of an adult ranges from- 60 to 100 beats per minute.

Some ways to tell if your heart is healthy:

  • Having normal blood pressure is a sign of a healthy heart.

  • Normal blood pressure is below 120/80 mm Hg.

  • High blood pressure is a systolic pressure of 130 or higher, or diastolic pressure of 90 or higher, that stays high over time.

Factors affecting Heart Rate:

  • Exercise (as per the activity the rate normally increases)

  • Drugs (caffeine, nicotine can affect on heart rate)

  • Hormones (thyroid hormones may increase or decrease the heart rate)

  • Environment (temperature and conditions)

  • Stress and emotions (anger, fear, anxiety)

  • Medications (may increase or decrease depending on various medicines consumed)

  • Age (as the age increases the pulse rate gradually decreases)

When should you be concerned about improper heartbeat?

  • An abnormal heartbeat can be interpreted as a heart beating too fast (which can be above 100 bpm) or slow (below 60 bpm).

  • Symptoms can be such as pain in the chest area or the skipping of a heartbeat, tiredness, breathlessness, or as though you are going to faint.

  • When electrical impulses in the heart become too fast, too slow, or irregular they cause the heart to beat irregularly which is called heart arrhythmia.

  • Keeping regular screening on heart rate can help an individual to be safe rather than being sorry about it.


Since the heart's primary job is to pump blood throughout the body, being aware of its significance, being vigilant, and keeping an eye on it can help you avoid numerous health problems and move closer to having a healthier heart.

bottom of page