What does the pulse tell the doctor?
The human heart beats almost non-stop day and night. Each time the heart beats, it sends a pulsation through the arteries carrying blood. The alternate expansion and contraction of the heart produces a throbbing in the arteries of the body
A doctor counts the pulse of a patient by pressing a blood vessel or artery in the wrist. The number of beats he feels in one minute is the pulse rate. The pulse rate can be counted by feeling the beats in many other parts of the body too. The pulse, which indicates how often the heart is beating and this can show how strong your heart is and many other things about your body in general. An irregular pulse rate indicates some abnormality in the functioning of the body and heart.
The pulse rate of a normal healthy person is about 75 beats per minute. The pulse rate in children is much higher than that of adults. The normal pulse rate of a seven-year-old child is about 90 beats per minute. A new born baby can have a pulse rate of 140. For old people it can be about 60 per minute.
Small animals or birds need a higher pulse rate. A small bird may have a pulse rate of almost 200 beats per minute while for an elephant it will be only about 25!