Normal Pulse Rate for a Teenage Boy

Overview

The pulse rate is a measurement of the number of times your heart beats in 60 seconds. It’s typically highest at birth, when the tiny chambers of the newborn’s heart beat rapidly to supply oxygen to the body organs. As you move into adolescence, your pulse will be slower and will stay within a more narrow range of normal, according to “Essentials of Pediatric Nursing” by Theresa Kyle and Terri Kyle.

Pulse Sites

When you go to your doctor’s office for a routine visit, your doctor or her staff will count your pulse by palpating the radial artery on the inside of your wrist. However, you can count your own pulse at any point where an artery passes close enough to your skin that you can feel it throbbing. These areas include the carotid artery on either side of the front of your neck, the femoral artery on the inside of your groin and the popliteal pulse at the back of either knee, explains Medline Plus. You can also measure your apical pulse by placing a stethoscope over your heart and counting the beats.

Counting Your Pulse

According to Medline Plus, you can measure your pulse by counting the number of times your artery throbs in 60 seconds, or you can count the beats for 30 seconds and then multiply the result by two.

Normal Range

If you’re a teenage boy, eMedicine Health says your pulse rate at rest should be somewhere between 55 to 85 beats per minute.

Considerations

According to Dr. Edward R. Laskowski, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at the Mayo Clinic, your pulse rate will vary depending on your level of physical fitness, emotional status, medication use and recent physical activity. Montana State University says the ideal time to measure your resting pulse is first thing in the morning. If you’re counting your pulse later in the day, choose a time when you haven’t eaten for at least two hours. Avoid vigorous work or exercise for four hours before checking your heart rate, and sit or lie down for at least 30 minutes beforehand.

Significance

Each time you see your doctor, he’ll evaluate what’s known as your three vital signs: heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory, or breathing, rate. Together, these indicators give the doctor a good picture of your overall health status.

About this Author

Sandy Keefe, M.S.N., R.N., has been a freelance writer for over five years. Her articles have appeared in numerous health-related magazines, including “Advance for Nurses” and “Advance for Long-Term Care Management.” She has written short stories in anthologies such as “A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Special Needs.”