Does Age Affect Pulse Rate?

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Age affects pulse rate. Younger people have a higher pulse rate than elderly people. According to Healthline, pulse, or heart rate, is the number of times the heart beats per minute taken when a person is at rest and during exercise.

Resting heart rate for an adult is 60 to 80 beats per minute. Ideal heart rate during exercise depends on age, and according to the American Heart Association, it's 88 to 153 beats per minute for people aged 40 to 45 years and 75 to 128 beats per minute for people above 70 years of age. A person can measure his pulse rate by placing an index and middle fingers lightly on the wrist and counting the number of heartbeats for 60 seconds, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.