71 (BPM)

Is a heart rate (or pulse rate) of 71 BPM (beats per minute) considered healthy for a human body (100) ?  Yes.

From the Mayo clinic… “For an adult, a normal resting heart rate ranges from 60 to 100 beats a minute. For a well-trained athlete, a normal resting heart rate may be closer to 40 beats a minute.”  Many factors that can also influence the heart rate are fitness level, air temperature, body position (standing up or sitting down), and medications.  “To measure your heart rate, simply check your pulse. With your palm facing upward, place two fingers on the thumb side of your wrist — or place your index and third fingers on your neck to the side of your windpipe. When you feel your pulse, count the number of beats in 10 seconds. Time yourself with a timer or the second hand on a clock or watch. Multiply this number by 6 to determine how many times your heart beats in one minute.”

A small animal (100) usually has a faster heart rate than bigger animals (10+1). Here are some examples of animal heart rates from Animal Longevity and Scale: a hamster (450), chicken, (250), rabbit (200), cat (150), small dog (100), big dog, (75), cow (65), horse (44), elephant (30), and large whale (20).

Similarly with birds (10-1) – the lighter the bird, usually the faster the heart rate but there are exceptions. Here are examples from a paper comparing Mass and Heart Rate: canary (1,000), buzzard (300), and turkey (193). However, a pigeon (185)  and a wild duck (240) would be expected to be heavier based on their low heart rates.

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