Resting Blood Pressure and Heart Rate

Blood Pressure Screening

Your heart beats about 60 to 80 times a minute under normal conditions. Your blood pressure rises with each heartbeat and falls when your heart relaxes between beats. Your blood pressure is constantly subject to change, and is related to changes in posture, exercise or sleeping. For normal adults, blood pressure should be less than 120/80 mm HG. Blood pressure that stays between 120-139/80-89 is considered pre-hypertension and above this level (140/90 mm Hg or higher) is considered hypertension. Your doctor may take several readings over time before deciding whether your blood pressure is high.

What do blood pressure numbers indicate?

The higher (systolic) number represents the pressure while the heart is beating.

The lower (diastolic) number represents the pressure when the heart is resting between beats.

Resting Heart Rate

Resting Heart Rate (RHR) is the rate at which your heart beats when you are at rest. The best time to measure RHR is right after you naturally wake up in the morning, without an alarm. Generally, the lower a person's RHR is, the more fit that person is because the heart doesn't have to work as hard. The heart usually beats between 60-80 times per minute while at rest. Resting heart rate can be decreased due to consistent aerobic training.


Condition 18-25 years old 26-35 years old
Excellent 42-57 bpm 39-57 bpm
Good 58-67 bpm 58-66 bpm
Average 68-71 bpm 67-70 bpm
Below Average 72-76 bpm 72-74 bpm
Poor 77+ bpm 75+ bpm


Condition 18-25 years old 26-35 years old
Excellent 40-54 bpm 36-53 bpm
Good 55-65 bpm 54-63 bpm
Average 66-69 bpm 65-67 bpm
Below Average 70-72 bpm 69-71 bpm
Poor 73+ bpm 72+ bpm

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