High Blood Pressure

Question

Asked by Warren Heremaia

High Blood Pressure

I have just checked my B/P 110/58 and there is another number there 60 whats that.?

Are these readings a little low. I am 64 years of age. Thank you.

Answer

Hi Warren,

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!

A blood pressure of 110/58 is very good. I'm not sure what the number 60 references on your blood pressure montior. It may indicate your heart rate. The typical adult heart rate is around 70 beats per minute, but normal can vary from 50-100 beats per minute. Usually the lower your heart rate the better your physical fitness level.

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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