• Alan Alan
    August 12, 2009
    Normal blood pressure for a 55-year-old man?
    Alan Alan
    August 12, 2009

    Can you tell me what is a normal blood pressure reading for a 55-year-old man?

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  • Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    August 12, 2009
    Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    August 12, 2009

    The Joint National Committee defines four blood pressure categories.


    Very High Range - Stage 2 Hypertension
    Systolic (top) blood pressure 160 mm Hg or high
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 100 mm Hg or higher
    If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

    High Range - Stage 1 Hypertension
    Systolic (top) blood pressure 140 - 159 mm Hg
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 90 - 99 mm Hg
    If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

    Caution Range - Prehypertension
    Systolic (top) blood pressure 120 - 139 mm Hg
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 80 - 89 mm Hg
    Take action!

    Normal Range - Normal
    Systolic (top) blood pressure below 120 mm Hg
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure below 80 mm Hg
    Perfect!

     

    Many factors can play into this reading, including genetics, lifestyle choices, weight, and fitness levels. If you're concerned about your blood pressure, make sure you discuss it with your primary care doctor the next time you see him/her. There you can get all the advice you need on getting your blood pressure to a healthy level.

     

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