What is the normal resting heart rate for a teenage girl?

Quite ******* dangerous. Mine is 62, im 16, we did a test at school, the average in my class in 70ish.

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What is the normal resting heart rate for a teenage girl?
I measured my resting heart rate and it was 116 beats per minute. I think that's high. What should my resting heart rate be, if I'm a female between the ages of 16 and 18? I've read that it should be between the range of 60-100, average being 80. Is mine dangerous?

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102 is kinda high, but it's more accurate to take your 15sec rate and multiply it by 4. Average is 55-67 beats per minute

Hi,
Please allow me to give you some credentials before I go into answering your question. I am a medically retired, read disabled, Physician Assistant with 20+ years experience in a GP office.

The norm for a young adult females heart rate has changed numerous times over the years but the acceptable standard today is between 60 and 100beats per minute in adults. Now, if you are at the upper end of between 16 and 18 years of age you are considered an adult female. If you are at the lower end you are considered a young adult female and at that point the heart rate can be a bit lower.

According to Elizabeth Klodas MD, FACC,
"A healthy resting heart rate is between 60 and 100 beats per minute for adults. But the upper end of that range may mean a greater chance of serious health problems.

"A number of studies have shown that, even within the normal range, a high resting heart rate is associated with an increased risk for ischemic heart disease, stroke, and sudden cardiac death," says Gordon F. Tomaselli, MD, professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

There’s no absolute consensus about how high is too high, but most doctors agree that resting heart rates consistently in the upper range are not ideal.

"It is hard to set a precise cutoff for this risk factor, but usually a heart rate of 90 or above is considered abnormal and potentially deleterious," says Javaid Nauman, a research fellow at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.

To find your resting heart rate, press the index and middle fingers over the underside of the opposite wrist, just below the thumb. Press down gently until you feel your pulse. Count the beats for one minute, or count for 30 seconds and multiply by two. To ensure an accurate reading, sit quietly for at least 10 minutes before taking your pulse."

As Dr.Klodas states above the sitting quietly for at least 10 minutes is necessary to obtain an accurate heart rate.

Tachycardia occurring because of rapid firing by the SA node is called sinus tachycardia. Sinus tachycardia is usually a rapid contraction of a normal heart responding to a condition or disease state. Sinus tachycardia's can cause palpitations.

Causes of sinus tachycardia include pain, fever, excessive thyroid hormone, exertion, excitement, low blood oxygen level (hypoxia), caffeine, and drugs such as cocaine and amphetamines. Under these circumstances, sinus tachycardia represent "appropriate" responses of the heart to stress and stimulation, and do not reflect underlying diseases of the heart muscle, heart valves and electrical conduction system. In some other patients, however, sinus tachycardia may be a symptom of heart failure or significant heart valve disease.

If you are concerned about your heart rate being too fast you need to see your doctor. I realize that a lot of the terms used above are medical and you may not understand them I apologize for that but the main thing is you are concerned.

You need to see a Doctor, if you are 16 there are so many hormones and other things that play into your heart rate that you could be perfectly healthy and just have too much Drama in your life. A heart rate of 116 resting on a 16 year old would not cause me to immediately send you to a cardiologist, however it would cause me to run an EKG. This is why I am asking you to please see your Family Physician. He/She can better evaluate if this is normal for you or if there is an underlying cause for it.

For now, please do not panic … that elevates the heart rate. But, please do get to your doctor.

I hope that I have helped you in some small way.

Take care,
Jade

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