Normal resting pulse rate ranges

John Hart


Normal averages for various physiological measures provide a level of framework for determining where a given patient’s measure falls relative to its average. In practice though, a range of normal values helps to more realistically identify those outside the average. One important measure, which is a predictor of cardiovascular and all-cause mortality, is the neurological assessment of resting heart rate. Normal averages are available for this measure by race and age categories but data for ranges are lacking. Based on published averages, the present study calculated 95% confidence intervals for resting pulse rate averages and provides a report on the ranges. Such normative data may be of interest to clinicians who use resting heart rate as an outcomes-based measure of neurological fitness.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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