The normal, resting heart rate, sometimes referred to as a “pulse rate,” for a healthy male changes throughout his life, as what is normal for a male child is different than that of an adult or elderly man. In addition, a healthy male's normal heart rate is different than that of a healthy female, as they tend to have mildly higher heart rates than males.
A person's pulse rate is a measurement of how many times his heart beats in one minute. There are several ways to measure this. Electronic heart rate monitors provide accurate readings and are used in hospitals around the world. However, pulses can be measured using traditional, non-electronic means. Pulses can be found on the chest above where the heart is, the wrist, the anterior side of the neck, the top of the foot, the front of the elbow and at the back of the foot.
The typical resting heart rate for male babies and young children is generally much higher than that of a young adult, adult and elderly male. A male newborn baby typically has an average resting heart rate of between 110 and 160 beats per minute, while young males under the age of 12 usually have an average heart rate of between 80 and 120 beats per minute.
The typical resting heart rate for young adult and adult males is much lower than it is in male children. Elderly males over the age of 65 tend to have the lowest heart rates—typically between 70 and 73 beats per minute. Younger adult males tend to have a resting heart rate averaging between 71 and 76 beats per minute.
There are several factors that can affect heart rates: Gender; age; activity (heart rates slow when a person is at rest and increase he is active; emotion (anger and anxiety may cause a person's pulse to increase); heat, which tends to increase heart rates; and illnesses (infections can increase while hyperthyroidism can decrease pulses).
Irregular heart rates can be an indicator of certain kinds of health risks, and a weak pulse can also portend problems. People should take these as warning signs and contact a health professional for a diagnosis. If a person's heart beats more than 100 times per minute at rest he has tachycardia and could be at risk of a heart attack. Conversely, an individual with a heart rate of less than 60 beats per minute is a sign of bradycardia, or a slower than normal heart rate.