Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Heart Rate Vs Pulse: Differences worth Knowing

Heart Rate Vs Pulse: Differences in Definition

With your heart beat, pulse begins in an individual heart. One's heart rate is the number of times his or her heart beats in one minute. Let us know about the differences in their definition.

Heart rate is defined as; "The rate at which the heart contracts or the rate at which the heart beats. Any contraction (Even if the contraction does not result in appreciable blood flow via the arteries), is a part of heart rate.

However, pulse is defined as; "the temporary increase in arterial pressure that can be felt throughout the body." Pulse rate can be used to measure heart rate for a healthy and normal heart.

Heart Rate Vs Pulse

Heart Rate Vs Pulse: Differences in the Ways they are Measured

Heart rate is measured most accurately from the thorax by the transmitter of heart rate monitor or by the electrodes of the EKG or Electrocardiograph.

Pulse can be measured from an individual's earlobe by a pulse meter containing a photocell sensor. It must be noted that pulse meter are not quite reliable while they are being used out of doors and also they are not accurate during intensive exercise. Pulse can also be measured by palpating during rest. It can be found at the base of thumb at the wrist or even at the neck, just to the side of the windpipe. Pulse can be measure using the index and middle fingers, by counting the beats in 15 seconds and then by multiplying the count by 4, one can get a rough estimate of the heart rate per 60 seconds.

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Pramod Kerkar

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, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: May 12, 2017

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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