Life-changing events - job promotions, quitting a job, getting bad news, proposing, saying "I do," etc. - can really get your heart pounding. One science-minded fellow about to propose to his girlfriend, decided to find out just how much his heart got pounding.
So, he hooked himself up to a heart rate monitor before the big moment and then annotated the result. As smart watches and fitness bands get more popular, expect to see a lot more of these kinds of graphs.
As you can see, he maintains an average 90 bpm heart rate while walking around the Roman Colosseum. His heart rates drops to 80 bpm while eating some ice cream.
As the big moment approaches, his heart rate jumps to 110 bmp and then skyrockets to 130 bpm when he finally pops the question. When she says yes, he's at 110 again, then up to 115 while they're likely hugging and kissing.
From there a gradual decent back down to 98 bpm. Then, apparently, they found a bench and his heart rate drops to the mid 70s.
Overall, not very surprising, but it's interesting to see it measured. However, for comparison I would have loved to see his now-fiancee's heart rate graph for the same time period.
What do you think guys? Does this match what you felt during your proposal, or do you think your heart rate went higher? Let me know in the comments.