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50 bpm resting pulse

Is a 50 pulse too low? A resting heart rate of 50 beats per minute (or 8.3 beats every 10 seconds) is slower than the 60 to 100 bpm range considered normal for adults. A heart rate below 60 bpm for adults is a condition called bradycardia and is usually abnormal. However, in the case of well-trained athletes a 50 pulse may be normal as heart rates as low as 40 bpm are considered regular for those in top physical condition. 1

50 beats per minute resting is 26.5% slower than the typical adult average of 73 bpm for both sexes.

Your resting pulse will vary with age. Consult the table below to check how a 50 heart rate compares to others in your age range.



50 bpm Pulse Percentile by Age
Age Percentile for 50 resting pulse
Infant Top 1%
Extremely Low
1 year Top 1%
Extremely Low
2-3 years Top 1%
Extremely Low
4-5 years Top 1%
Extremely Low
6-8 years Top 1%
Extremely Low
9-11 years Top 1%
Extremely Low
12-15 years Top 1%
Athlete
16-19 years Top 2.5%
Athlete
20-39 years Top 2.5%
Athlete
40-59 years Top 2.5%
Athlete
60-79 years Top 2.5%
Athlete
80+ years Top 2.5%
Athlete


Source Citations
  1. Linda J. Vorvick MD, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institute of Health Pulse: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia


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