Resting pulse rates of UK children on the rise

14 November 2013        

Category: BHF Comment

Boy and girl

The resting pulse rate of UK children has risen by up to two beats a minute during the past 30 years, according to research.

In a study of almost 23,000 children aged between nine and 11, pulse rate rose consistently over the 30 year period for both sexes by an average of 0.04 beats per minute (BPM) every year.

Overall, average pulse rate was higher in girls at 82.2 BPM compared to boys whose average was 78.7 BPM.

Helping children to enjoy exercise will protect their hearts as they grow up.

Our Senior Cardiac Nurse, Christopher Allen, said: “This study highlights a worrying increase in children’s resting heart rates, which could raise their risk of cardiovascular disease later in life.

“A high resting heart rate can mean a low level of fitness, whether a child is a normal weight or overweight.

“Parents, schools and the local community can all play a role in encouraging kids to be active from a young age. Helping our children to enjoy exercise will increase their overall fitness and protect their hearts as they grow up.”