An elevated body temperature is a sign of certain illnesses, but an elevated heart rate can also be an indication of illness or disease. Having a device at home that can check your heart rate – also called your pulse – can help you detect problems as well as follow your doctor’s instructions to monitor issues that have been detected in the past.
We recommend that every family have a MOBI DualScan Ultra Pulse Talking Ear and Forehead Digital Thermometer, which includes a built-in fingertip pulse checker. This accurate and reliable device has other features that include:
- A flashlight so you can see results in the dark
- A bright screen with a back-light that’s easy to read
- Ability to detect body temperature using ear or forehead method
- Temperature readings in 3 languages
- Normal and high fever indicators
- Memory that recalls the last 30 readings
- Ability to provide results in 1 second
- And more.
What Is A Normal Pulse?
Many factors can impact your pulse, but there are some general guidelines. For anyone over the age of 10 – including senior adults – the normal resting pulse is between 60 and 100 beats per minute. In general, the heart rate gets slower through childhood. A newborn can have a resting pulse of 70 to 190 bpm while a child of age 9, for example, should not have a resting pulse of over 110 in most cases.
Only your doctor can help you decide what your pulse should be. Stress, medications and certain medical conditions impact heart rate, and so do genetics. Those with well-trained bodies – like professional athletes or exercise fanatics, may have a resting heart rate of only 40 to 60.
Concerns About A High Pulse
When your pulse is consistently above 100 even when you’re sitting quietly, it could be a sign of a heart rhythm disorder. A high heart rate can be a symptom of a virus or other medical problem that’s forcing your heart to beat more often to pump adequate blood to keep the body healthy.
Most commonly, however, a raised heart rate is caused by factors that don’t directly relate to the heart. This could include a fever – that’s why MOBI includes a pulse checker as part of the Ultra Pulse digital health thermometer – or perhaps a low blood cell count, a thyroid issue or the overuse of caffeine or another stimulant. Being in bad physical shape or experiencing anxiety can also cause a high heart rate.
Additional Factors Influencing Your Pulse
Other factors can have a significant impact on your heart rate, including these circumstances that may not be the first to come to mind when considering the issue:
Air temperature and humidity. When the temperatures and humidity soar outside, your heart is likely to pump more blood, but the increase should not be more than 5 to 10 bpm.
Body positioning. While you sit, stand or rest, your pulse should remain about the same. But for some people, the first 15 to 20 seconds after standing the pulse is elevated. This should correct itself within a minute or two.
Emotional state. Extreme emotions can cause a rise in heart rate. This includes both positive and negative situations, including being stressed or anxious or being very happy or very sad. You may feel this change happen when you experience strong emotions.
Body size. Generally, the normal resting pulse rate is the same for people of all sizes. There are exceptions, however. A person who is extremely obese may see a higher resting heart rate than a person with a more average-sized body. Still, a pulse over 100 would be unusual and unhealthy.
Certain medications. If you take a medication that blocks adrenaline (called a beta-blocker), your pulse will likely slow somewhat. It is also possible to experience an increase in pulse rate from too much thyroid medication.
Whatever your medical situation may be, a feature-rich digital health thermometer like the MOBI DualScan Ultra Pulse Talking Ear and Forehead Digital Thermometer can help you stay ahead of your situation so you have the best chance of a great outcome.