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Online Beats Per Minute Counter

Quickly determines your heart rate. Simply count your pulse for the duration you setup, input it, and instantly see your beats per minute (BPM). Instructions below.

Enter between 2 and 10 seconds

Select how long to count pulse

How to Use Beats Per Minute Clock

  1. Countdown to Start Test - Select how long you want to prepare to count heart beats. This gives you time to locate your pulse, so that when the BPM counter starts, you're good to go.

  2. Pulse Counting Time - You can count your pulse for 10, 15, or 20 seconds. Once done, a form displays to enter your count, and BPM is calculated.

  3. Once you've setup the above, click/tap GO. Start counting your pulse beats as soon as Testing In Progress and background turns green. Follow the on screen instructions.

How to Take Your Pulse

Locate either your carotid artery in your neck, or the radial artery in your wrist. More at Mayo Clinic - How to Take Your Pulse.

What is heart rate?

Your heart rate, represented in number of beats per minute (BPM), reflects the rate at which your heart is beating. The normal range for adults, at rest, is between 60 and 100 BPM, according to the American Heart Association (AHA).

It is, however, considered normal for athletes to have lower at rest heart rates, in the 40 to 60 BPM range: the heart is a muscle and an athlete's beats more efficiently, pumping more blood per beat. At rest means when you're not doing any physical exercise, such as when watching tv or working on the computer.

A resting heart rate that is considered slow is called Bradycardia, and a heart rate that is fast is called Trachycardia. Per AHA, Bradycardia is a heart rate less than 60 BPM and Trachycardia is greater than 100 BPM.

Heart rate, taken by counting the beats of your heart via an artery, typically at the wrist (radial artery) or the neck (carotid artery), is not the same as blood pressure, which measures the force of blood in your arteries due to heart beats; For each heart beat, your heart contracts (Systolic measurement) and then rests (Diastolic measurement).