Heartbeat Monitor Project using Arduino

Heart rate, body temperature and blood pressure monitoring are very important parameters of human body. Doctors use various kind of medical apparatus like thermometer for checking fever or body temperature, BP monitor for blood pressure measurement and heart rate monitor for heart rate measurement. In this project, we have built an Arduino based heartbeat monitor which counts the number of heartbeats in a minute. Here we have used a heartbeat sensor module which senses the heartbeat upon putting a finger on the sensor.



  1. Arduino
  2. Heart Beat sensor module
  3. 16x2 LCD
  4. Push button
  5. Bread board
  6. Power
  7. Connecting wires


Working of Heartbeat Monitor Project

Working of this project is quite easy but a little calculation for calculating heart rate is required. There are several methods for calculating heart rate, but here we have read only five pulses. Then we have calculated total heart beat in a minute by applying the below formula:


      Single_pulse_time= Five_pusle_time /5;

      rate=60000/ Single_pulse_time;

where time1 is first pulse counter value

time2 is list pulse counter value

rate is final heart rate.


When first pulse comes, we start counter by using timer counter function in arduino that is millis();. And take first pulse counter value form millis();. Then we wait for five pulses. After getting five pulses we again take counter value in time2 and then we substarct time1 from time2 to take original time taken by five pulses. And then divide this time by 5 times for getting single pulse time. Now we have time for single pulse and we can easily find the pulse in one minute, deviding 600000 ms by single pulse time.

Rate= 600000/single pulse time.

Arduino Based Heartbeat Monitor Block Diagram

In this project we have used Heart beat sensor module to detect Heart Beat. This sensor module contains an IR pair which actually detect heart beat from blood. Heart pumps the blood in body which is called heart beat, when it happens the blood concentration in body changes. And we use this change to make a voltage or pulse electrically.


Circuit Diagram and Explanation

Circuit of heartbeat monitor is shown below, which contains arduino uno, heart beat sensor module, reset button and LCD. Arduino controls whole the process of system like reading pulses form Heart beat sensor module, calculating heart rate and sending this data to LCD. We can set the sensitivity of this sensor module by inbuilt potentiometer placed on this module. 

Arduino Based Heartbeat Counter Circuit Diagram

Heart beat sensor module’s output pin is directly connected to pin 8 of arduino. Vcc and GND are connected to Vcc and GND. A 16x2 LCD is connected with arduino in 4-bit mode. Control pin RS, RW and En are directly connected to arduino pin 12, GND and 11. And data pin D4-D7 is connected to pins 5, 4, 3 and 2 of arduino. And one push button is added for resetting reading and another is used to start the system for reading pulses. When we need to count heart rate, we press start button then arduino start counting pulses and also start counter for five seconds. This start push button is connected to pin 7 and reset push button is connected to pin 6 of arduino with respect to ground.


Program Description

In code we have used digital read function to read output of Heart Beat sensor module and millis() fuction for calculating time and then calculate Heart Rate.

heartbeat counter code

Before this we have initiazed all the components that we used in this project.


and here we have pullup the push button line by using software pullup.




LiquidCrystal lcd(12, 11, 5, 4, 3, 2);

int in = 8;
int Reset=6;
int start=7;
int count=0,i=0,k=0,rate=0;

unsigned long time2,time1;
unsigned long time;

byte heart[8] = 

void setup()
  lcd.createChar(1, heart);
  lcd.print("Heart Beat ");
  pinMode(in, INPUT);
  pinMode(Reset, INPUT);
  pinMode(start, INPUT);
  digitalWrite(Reset, HIGH);
  digitalWrite(start, HIGH);

void loop()
    lcd.print("Please wait.......");
      lcd.print("Heart Beat Rate:");
      lcd.print(" ");
      lcd.print("Heart Beat Rate:");


Comments (108)

  • Mary ann's picture
    Mary ann

    can I have the full code please...

    Dec 17, 2015
  • lorenzo 's picture

    good morning. i have a project heart beat monitoring including temperature sensor and the heart beat reading should be appear on the LCD also the temperature. i saw your code it is the complete code for the heart beat rate? can you help me on my project? i use LM34 temperature sensor.


    Nov 09, 2016
  • Shruti's picture

    Hello Lorenz ! I also have the same project of preparing a system which has both temperature sensing module and heart rate measuring .... Can you please send me details of your project ...

    Apr 19, 2017
  • Sushanth's picture

    I am doing my final year project on Heart rate monitor based on arduino. Could you please send me the complete project information along with code and circuit to my mail[], it will be very helpful. Please do send the project that u have along with temparature sensor interface.

    Sep 21, 2017
  • Ajay Panthangi's picture
    Ajay Panthangi

    Bro i"m also interested in doing the same project of heart beat monitoring system
    it would be a great help if you share the project details to me

    Dec 19, 2017
  • Aditya Karanth's picture
    Aditya Karanth

    hi..lorenzo, even i'm planning to do my project based on heart rate monitor and temparature sensor..Can u please help me with the project with clear picture of the circuit and extra code for the temperature sensor.
    Thanks in adv

    Sep 29, 2017
  • Naushad Anwar's picture
    Naushad Anwar

    bro if you have the circuit and code of heart rate monitor and temparature sensor plz help me by sending it to me plz im in need of it the same is the project of mine

    Dec 12, 2017
  • kiruthika kalingaraj's picture
    kiruthika kalingaraj

    its very usefill

    Dec 21, 2015
  • Nge's picture

    what is the parts no of the Heart Beat sensor module ? Cuz I want to buy.

    Jan 06, 2016
  • Abhishek's picture

    Its a simple Heartbeat Sensor Module, any Heartbeat sensor should work here.

    Jan 14, 2016
  • harish's picture

    pls give me reference of program on rf transmiter on arduino sir

    Dec 29, 2016
  • Talash ganvir's picture
    Talash ganvir

    My final year project is blood pressure measurement so can we find blood pressure from heart rate plz help me its argent

    Apr 03, 2017
  • princy 's picture

    Y don't v try in msp 430 if so how the connection will be

    Feb 04, 2016
  • Jayant's picture

    Yes, it can be built using MSP430, please try to build and share with us.

    Feb 08, 2016
  • abhi's picture

    anyone tries ds code before????

    Feb 17, 2016
  • Avinash's picture

    Can i know exactly which sensor module is used in this project ??
    Can i have the details about the sensor module

    Feb 19, 2016
  • Abhishek's picture

    This is a 5v Heartbeat sensor module, you can just purchase it by its name i.e. Pulse sensor or Heartbeat sensor module.

    Feb 24, 2016
  • Mathan Raj Murugan's picture
    Mathan Raj Murugan

    whether it is ok for this ..the part number of sensor ky039 heart beat sensor

    Feb 25, 2016
  • Abhishek's picture

    yes, you can use KY-039 heart beat sensor.

    Feb 27, 2016
  • Mathan Raj Murugan's picture
    Mathan Raj Murugan

    yeah thank you very much abhishek

    Feb 28, 2016
  • Reetika Sharma's picture
    Reetika Sharma

    Can you give specifications of power and connecting wires

    Mar 01, 2016
  • saddam khan's picture
    saddam khan

    you can use 12 volt power adaptor to supply whole circuit at Arduino Board's DC Jack or at pin Vin.
    please dont try to connect 12 volt elsewhere in circuit. otherwise you circuit may damage.

    Mar 03, 2016
  • ammu's picture

    Can I use Digital Heart beat sensor for Atmel Pic Arduino Raspberry Pi

    Mar 02, 2016
  • saddam khan's picture
    saddam khan

    yes you can use heart beat sensor module for any microcontroller.

    Mar 03, 2016
  • jenish thumar's picture
    jenish thumar

    can you have same code for atmega32 i,m making same project

    Mar 06, 2016
  • Mathan Raj Murugan's picture
    Mathan Raj Murugan

    Hi Abhishek,
    do you have any sample code for testing heart beat sensor ij arduino which you used in this project. i am having same sensor i ported everything i had troubleshoot it.but i cant read the value.i want to check the sensor value via serial monitor.whether this sensor read the value or not.could you please share the code for testing heart beat sensor.

    Mar 07, 2016
  • Maddy's picture

    Check this link, it has testing script with serial monitor, for Arduino.

    Mar 11, 2016
  • Mathan Raj Murugan's picture
    Mathan Raj Murugan

    I did everything same..but I didn't get proper pulse..getting value is over exceeding .like most of the time I am getting above 100 values..is there any mistake from me?could you please give me the soultion for me?

    Mar 15, 2016
  • Rajkumar G's picture
    Rajkumar G

    can you send the name of heart sensors and its code which are using by you and name the pressure sensors using adrino

    Mar 21, 2016
  • sridevi's picture

    i want full coding for heart rate monitor

    Mar 21, 2016
  • Shankar Kumar Pandit's picture
    Shankar Kumar Pandit

    i have connected all the wires and its showing the reading but not accurate reading sometimes its show 340 sometimes 1000 and even sometimes -1 so its not accurate even i adjust the pot of sensor

    Mar 25, 2016
  • Le Toan's picture
    Le Toan

    same problem, i think the pulse sensor with analog output dont work with this code, my bpm show 20000, 15000, -5536 :)))

    May 05, 2016
  • ehsan's picture

    this is my problem , too . please help me .
    what i have to do to resolve this???

    Apr 18, 2017
  • Le Toan's picture
    Le Toan

    how do not need to press the button after 5 seconds, press once every ro run forever?

    Apr 10, 2016
  • Azhar's picture

    I need library for this easy pulse sensor V1.1 to run my code and receive data efficiently , share link or send direct on my email thanks

    Apr 11, 2016
  • jenish thumar's picture
    jenish thumar

    can you provide internal circuit diagram of sensor unit

    Apr 12, 2016
  • Maddy's picture

    Please refer its Datasheet.

    Apr 18, 2016
  • aswathy's picture

    can i have the complete code please.

    Apr 21, 2016
  • haura's picture

    Thanks a lot, this project well helpful in my final year project...

    May 10, 2016
  • ROOPA's picture


    May 11, 2016
  • ANDY's picture

    hello, everyone,...
    I wanna ask if pin8 mode is output or input

    May 21, 2016
  • Handy I. R. Mosey's picture
    Handy I. R. Mosey

    hi. .
    Its a fabulous work of you.
    My question is how can we develop this system to monitor (say 5 family members at the same time) heart beat in real time using a web server or with an android device. Well, that just an idea. Please excuse my poor english.
    Handy Mosey

    May 26, 2016
  • nakomolwa kidindima's picture
    nakomolwa kidindima

    codes it seems like not complete

    Jun 20, 2016
  • nakomolwa kidindima's picture
    nakomolwa kidindima

    what the value of input power

    Jun 21, 2016
  • Subham's picture

    The model no of ur heartbeat module ???????

    Jun 29, 2016
  • Abhishek's picture

    This is a 5v Heartbeat sensor module, you can just purchase it by its name i.e. Pulse sensor or Heartbeat sensor module. Any Heartbeat sensor should work here.

    Jul 09, 2016
  • Manikandan.T's picture

    can you explain the code fully ...step by step each lines please!!!!!!!
    i cannot understand the code.and the main thing is the calculation part can not understand because i m the beginning.

    Jul 02, 2016
  • G S Kelkar 's picture
    G S Kelkar

    Can you supply the code for monitoring the pulse continuously? i.e. each pulse is to be taken into consideration and obtain the time bet next pulse and display the rate. Also time in milli seconds can be exported along with pulse rate. This will be very good gazed for measuring HRV. Thanks and awaiting your reply

    Jul 05, 2016
  • shilpa.r's picture

    hi, i have connected all the wires but i am not getting the correct output, i am getting some random values as output,and i am not using lcd i am checking the output in aurdino serial monitor. should i change anything in code????

    Aug 08, 2016
  • Gabriel LAscano's picture
    Gabriel LAscano

    Hi bro please,
    can I have the full code please...

    Aug 12, 2016
  • Bienvenido's picture

    can you suggest different model of 16 x 2 lcd display other than LM016L? Because i'm using a different model of lcd display and it does not display any results. thank you.

    Aug 17, 2016
  • Abhishek's picture

    Any 16x2 LCD should work here, you just need to connect the Pins properly.

    Aug 22, 2016
  • Adhithya raj's picture
    Adhithya raj

    Hi, i have connected all the wires but i am not getting the correct output, i am getting some random values as output,and i am not using lcd i am checking the output in aurdino serial monitor. What should i change in code????can u please give me the code part without LCD interface....

    Aug 19, 2016
  • Abhishek's picture

    You need to use 16x2 LCD with the Given code.

    Aug 22, 2016
  • RAMESH's picture

    i used heart monitor sensor n not gettingcorrect pulses,i think it is analog output,not working with this,pl conferm what type sensor to be use.

    Aug 19, 2016
  • Thabang's picture

    How will the code look like if we add abnormal beat feature and extend the project with a GSM/GPS SIM 808?

    Aug 21, 2016
  • Eric 's picture

    Why my project cannot display the heart rate although i get the program and circuit correctly?

    Aug 28, 2016
  • bala's picture

    i connected everything correctly even though i am not getting the out put correctly. can you please give me the code for arduino serial port.instead of photo diode i am using photo transistor am not getting the correct output.

    Sep 01, 2016
  • Nim's picture

    The arduino doesn't calculate the heart hate thr is any problems in code

    Sep 04, 2016
  • swathi Reddy's picture
    swathi Reddy

    I am using KY-039 Heartbeat sensor and I have connected all the connections properly.

    But it is displaying heartbeat rate : -1.

    Are their any mistakes in code if so mail me the code please.

    Do we need to connect S pin of sensor to 8 pin of arduino and middlepin of sensor to VCC of arduino?

    I am not able to understand how to use heartbeat sensor.
    At what angle IR LED should be placed?
    Someone reply quickly.

    Sep 13, 2016
  • Usha S Diggi's picture
    Usha S Diggi

    sir while finding rate why u r considering 60000

    Sep 13, 2016
  • R.Aswathy Rajan's picture
    R.Aswathy Rajan

    When was the last research done in this project?

    Sep 15, 2016
  • rachayya's picture

    it is useful..

    Oct 26, 2016
  • Steven Cory Weiser's picture
    Steven Cory Weiser

    Hello fellow Ardweeners..I have completed this project and can offer anyone help if needed..One of the problems that I had was getting the sensors to read an actual heartbeat. It is very tricky and difficult to get your finger in the perfect position that the sensors can read...be patient yet determined you will get it. Use a cell phone camera to make sure the infrared led is emitting, you will see a purple-ish glow, through the camera but not with just your eyes..Once I connected the arduino and started to read the heartbeats I noticed i would always get a number at least 2 times the actual number, ie.. instead of a b.p.of 55 the lcd screen would read 110.I found out that the arduino was counting the small signal at the beginning of the heartbeat as a heartbeat itself, so I simply changed the formula for rate by dividing it by 2...you see on an oscilliscope the heart beat actually appears as 2 pulses in 1 where the beginning of the beat there is a small pulse ,I supposes one of the heart ventricles open followed by a bigger more significant pulse the actual heartbeat.Although not necessary I also added a amplifier to the circuit to increase the gain of the heartbeat, also added a red led as an extra light source for the infrared phototransistor as in actual oximeters there are 2 lights sources both visible and infrared
    my email is beatlessteve at gmail dot com..good luck yall!..

    Oct 27, 2016
  • babes's picture

    I am currently doing design project,so my chosen project is heartbeat and temperature monitor.I would like to use arduino for this project but I am not familiar with it .I would like you to pls explain a bit to me about it

    Nov 08, 2016
  • Muhammad Umer's picture
    Muhammad Umer

    Hi Sir !
    Do i really need the switches ?
    or can i just make one switch of reset ?
    and explain if it is possible?

    Nov 09, 2016
  • M Qammar's picture
    M Qammar

    i want to add KY-039 heart beat sensor. Library in Proteus 8

    Nov 14, 2016
  • aank's picture

    Can anyone, please suggest any kind of enhancement possible for this subject. thank you

    Nov 22, 2016
  • Abhishek's picture

    You can use it as a "Heart attack detector", use GSM or wifi to alert the Doctor with a message, when the heart beats goes very high.It will be a great IoT project.

    Nov 30, 2016
  • Anup's picture

    What is the complexity level of this project??
    Is it difficult to handle the heart rate monitor???

    Dec 06, 2016
  • Muhammad Mohsin's picture
    Muhammad Mohsin

    bro i am using KY 039 but the problem is it takes too much time at "please wait" and sometimes gives the reading but usually a false one like 25 or 30, any tip for troubleshooting??

    Dec 20, 2016
  • Hamza Tanveer's picture
    Hamza Tanveer

    Where did you get HB module for protues

    Dec 29, 2016
  • Mark's picture

    It's a very simple and useful monitor. I just have one question about the code:
    >>>> while(digitalRead(in));
    What does this while do? I didn't get it because the pin will be reading zero every time you take a signal from the sensor, so would it get a 1 (HIGH) to continue the loop?

    Thanks in advance.

    Jan 02, 2017
  • Maddy's picture

    while(digitalRead(in)); will interrupt the code until the output from the Heart beat sensor becomes zero.

    Jan 28, 2017
  • ketan's picture

    sir its output stays on please wait...
    what should i do????

    Apr 27, 2017
  • muhammad furqan's picture
    muhammad furqan

    hy can any one please tell . i got problem when i presss the button lcd shows "please wait" and remains there and does not show any value

    Jan 13, 2017
  • Prajakta Mahadik's picture
    Prajakta Mahadik

    I m not using Display. And i want to print actual data ie actual heart rate of the human body. so how can i achieve this? For actual data representation what is hanges in this program.

    Feb 07, 2017
  • thanusree .k's picture
    thanusree .k

    How can i send the message ( heart rate ) to a doctor or a hospital unit using GSM in interafacing with the arduino...plz send me the circuit & code..if you know

    Mar 09, 2017
  • saikumar.k's picture

    i got one problem ,when i placed any object like pen on hear beat sensor it dispalys value. pls give solution to this problem

    Mar 27, 2017
  • karamjeet's picture

    i have connected it but it is always showing please wait message .Can anyone help to sort out this problem

    Apr 07, 2017
  • nitesh's picture

    Bro i am having same problem lcd shows please wait and and stays as it is.what to do now

    Apr 08, 2017
  • Shubham's picture

    Please help I can't see the full code of this project. Because of overlap in starting codes please full code. From starting.

    Apr 14, 2017
  • GAYATHRI's picture

    1.can we detect whether a person is prone to heartattack by measuring few samples from time to time?
    2.if there is a sudden change in heartbeat....can we generate a warning?

    Apr 20, 2017
  • BHAVANA S's picture

    Hii Sir,
    We are using Heartbeat sensor in our project. We done with same type of connection what you given above. I am getting d output, but it is showing 200, 500,600 sometimes -10. I tried many times. But not getting d exact output. Sir please help me. Because we need to submit our project by Wednesday. Please give me solution within Tuesday .

    May 08, 2017
  • aysha's picture

    In the circuit diagram, there is a resistance what is the value of this one ?

    May 12, 2017


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