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What is a dangerous heart rate? A look at normal ranges for adults.

  • A dangerous heart rate is when the heart beats too slowly (bradycardia) or too fast (tachycardia).
  • An adult’s heartbeat is too slow below 60 bpm and too fast above 100 bpm, according to the American Heart Association.
  • Some factors that affect your heart rate include stress, hormones, medications, activity levels and anxiety, according to the American Heart Association.

A quick way to get your heart rate up is to do a form of cardiovascular exerciselike going for a run. But at certain points, the rate at which your heart beats could become dangerous.

Your heart rate is measured by how many times does your heart beat per minute, called “BPM”. The heart rate of humans generally slows down during sleep (resting heart rate) and increases with exercise.

Other factors that affect your heart rate include stress, hormones, medication, activity levels and anxiety, according to the American Heart Association. Every age has a target heart rate range.

What is a dangerous heart rate?

Heart rate becomes a concern when the heart beats too slowly (bradycardia) or too fast (tachycardia).

The heartbeat of an adult can be too slow once it’s less than 60 bpmY too fast once over 100 bpm, according to the American Heart Association. but slower and faster heart rates are not always a concern. Your heart rate will increase during exercise and may drop below 60 bpm when, for example, you are sleeping.

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