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What your heart rate can tell you about your health
運動手環測心跳 出現這些數字應就醫

A person wears a sports watch that can read your pulse in this undated photo.

Photo: Chen Ping-hung, Liberty Times

Sports watches are all the rage at the moment. These gadgets not only tell the time, they can also help you monitor your pulse. But what exactly is a normal heart rate?

Your heart rate is one of the easiest ways to analyze your health. The average person, when not engaged in exercise, should have a heart beat of approximately 60 to 100 beats per minute (bpm). If it is lower than this, the heart is beating too slowly and, even though a slightly slow heart rate is not overly problematic, if it goes below 40 bpm, this is indicative of an issue with a person’s cardiac conduction system.

On the other hand, if the heart rate is in excess of 100 bpm, one might have a sense of a rapid heart beat in the chest. It often happens that if you skip breakfast, the heart will start to beat especially fast as blood sugar levels have dipped too far by lunchtime. If, however, the heart is beating at more than 150 bpm, this really is too fast, and it could well mean cardiac arrhythmia, or even problems with the thyroid gland. If this does happen, you should seek medical attention, regardless of your normal heart rate.

(CNA, Translated by Paul Cooper)







Cardiac arrhythmia — or irregular heartbeat — affects millions of people, and is caused by problems with the cardiac conduction system. When the heart rate is too fast, it is known as tachycardia; when too slow, it is called bradycardia. While it may occur at any age, it is more common among older people.

While most types are not serious, some can predispose people to stroke or heart failure. The good news is that most types can be effectively treated.

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