When someone refers to resting pulse rate, it often means the rate at which the heart beats when the body is at rest. Resting pulse rates within a normal range is an indication of good health, asserts the National Institutes of Health. For women, a normal resting heart rate isn't different than in a man.
Resting Pulse Rate
The National Institutes of Health state that 60 to 100 beats per minute is considered normal for a resting pulse rate. Any female over 10 years of age should fall within this resting pulse rate range, unless they are well-trained athletically. In this situation, the normal resting heart rate can be as low as 40 to 60 beats per minute, maintains MayoClinic.com.
According to the American Heart Association, mornings are really the best time for women to measure their resting pulse rate. Even before they get out of bed, or sit up, for that matter, women should take a minute to check their pulse. By remaining relatively still soon after waking, women can get a more accurate reading because changes in body position and activity level can influence resting heart rate. However, this isn't the only time of day to measure resting heart rate. Most women can establish resting heart rate after 10 minutes of rest, indicates the National Institutes of Health.
MayoClinic.com claims that other factors besides activity and body position can also influence a woman's resting pulse rate. One of the more significant is weight. When a woman carries excess weight, it increases the size of her body, which increases the distance in which the heart must transport blood. This means the heart must work harder than normal to meet the body's needs, warns the National Emergency Medicine Association. Stress, emotions, age and medications can also influence pulse rate. Hormone levels change during periods of stress or great emotion, causing the heart to beat that much faster. And "resting heart rate usually rises with age," according to the American Heart Association, so it isn't uncommon to see an increase as women get older.
The easiest way to measure resting pulse rate is to place the middle and index finger along an artery of the neck, wrist, back of knee, groin or inside of foot, advises the National Institutes of Health. Once an artery is found, the beats are counted over a course of 30 seconds. This number is then multiplied by 2 to arrive at the resting heart rate.
When someone has a consistent low or high resting heart rate it could be an indication of an underlying conditions, cautions the National Institutes of Health. With resting pulse rates over 100, it could be an indication of high blood pressure, heart disease, congenital heart defect or atrial fibrillation . With resting pulse rates under 60, it could also be an indication of high blood pressure as well as heart damage, heart disease, heart infections, hypothyroidism or atrioventricular block, which is a disruption in the electrical signals of the heart, according to MayoClinic.com