To check for a normal heart beat, individuals should locate the pulse rate in the neck, wrist, top of the foot or temple area and place two fingers on the artery, according to WebMD. Watching the second hand of a clock, count the number of beats for 30 seconds, and then double the number to get the total number of heart beats per minute. A normal heart rate typically ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute.
Individuals checking their heart rates should not experience pain during the process, explains WebMD. If pain exists or the person notices dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath or lightheadedness, a medical professional should be consulted to evaluate overall health and potential causes of symptoms.
The range for a normal heart beat varies based on the efficiency of the heart function and activity, explains Mayo Clinic. Additional factors that affect the heart rate include body position, body size, medications, emotions and the air temperature. People who are actively exercising or exerting energy may notice an increased heart rate temporarily. Some athletes who are well-trained will find that their resting heart rate is lower than the average range of 60 to 100 beats per minute.