Heart Rate vs. Pulse Rate

Heart Rate and Pulse rate are considered to the same things but actually these are two different terms. Although Pulse Rate relates to the Heart Rate. Heart Rate is the number of heat beats in one minute or heart beats per minute. On the other hand pulse rate is the measure of palpable blood pressure increases throughout the body. When heart beats the blood is pushed throughout the body changing the blood pressure and thus the pulse rate in main arteries. In normal condition the heart rate and pulse rate are same but in abnormal conditions they may vary. Heat beat may is normal but pulse rate may vary due to blockage or hindrance in the path of blood. Pulse rate is the expansion and contraction rate of arteries while Heart rate is the expansion and contraction rate of heart.

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Contents: Difference between Heart Rate and Pulse Rate

What is Heart Rate?

Heart Rate is the number of heat beats in one minute or heart beats per minute. When heart beats the blood is pushed throughout the body changing the blood pressure and thus the pulse rate in main arteries. Heart is measured from thorax with transmitter of heart rate or by Electrocardiograph (EKG) with its electrodes. Hear Rates in rest should be 60-100 bpm (beats per minute) for men / women; pre-teens and teens (10-20 years old): 60-100 bpm; children 3-9 years old: 70-130 bpm; infants 1 day to age 3: 70-190 bpm; athletes may have resting heartbeat as low as 40 bpm. Heat beat rate over 100 bpm is taken as tachycardia while less than 60 is bradycardia.

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What is Pulse Rate?

Pulse rate is the measure of palpable blood pressure increases throughout the body. When heart beats the blood is pushed throughout the body changing the blood pressure and thus the pulse rate in main arteries. It is basically the pulse of the blood flow through capillaries due to the contractions of the heart / heart beat. Pulse is usually measured from an earlobe with a pulse meter known as Photo Reflectance or Infrared Sensor Monitor. Pulse meter is not much reliable for outdoor use as it is sensitive to sunlight. Also the pulse rate vary with the body movement so it should be measured in rest. Pulse can also be measured by palpating during rest. It is found from the base of thumb at the wrist, or at the neck just to the side of the windpipe.

Key Differences between Heart Rate and Pulse Rate

  1. In normal condition the heart rate and pulse rate are same but in abnormal conditions they may vary. Heat beat may is normal but pulse rate may vary due to blockage or hindrance in the path of blood.
  2. Heart Rate is the number of heat beats in one minute or heart beats per minute while Pulse rate is the measure of palpable blood pressure increases throughout the body.
  3. Pulse is usually measured from an earlobe with a pulse meter known as Photo Reflectance or Infrared Sensor Monitor. Heart is measured from thorax with transmitter of heart rate or by Electrocardiograph (EKG) with its electrodes.
  4. Pulse rate is due to the heart beats / heart rate. If heat stops beating, pulses of blood will not generate to flow the blood through the body.
  5. Pulse rate is the expansion and contraction rate of arteries while Heart rate is the expansion and contraction rate of heart.
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