Is 145/78 With A Pulse Rate Of 75 Normal For A 61 Year Old Male Smoker?

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Asked by K.C.

Is 145/78 With A Pulse Rate Of 75 Normal For A 61 Year Old Male Smoker?

I just purchase a blood pressure monitor and would like to find out what is normal for 6'1 , 215 lb male that is 61 and smokes.

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Hi K.C.: American Heart Association Recommendations are as follows: Normal-Systolic: less than 120 and Diastolic: less than 80 Prehypertension-Systolic: 120-139 or Diastolic: 80-89 High Blood Pressure Stage I-Systolic: 140-159 or Diastolic: 90-99 High Blood Pressure Stage II-Systolic: 160 or higher or Diastolic: 100 or higher Hypertensive Crisis (Emergency Care Needed)-Systolic: Higher than 180 or Diastolic: Higher than 110. "If your blood pressure reading is higher than normal, your doctor may take several readings over time and/or have you monitor your blood pressure at home before diagnosing you with high blood pressure. A single high reading does not necessarily mean that you have high blood pressure. However, if readings stay at 140/90 mm Hg or above (systolic 140 or above OR diastolic 90 or above) over time, your doctor will likely want you to begin a treatment program. Such a program almost always includes lifestyle changes and often prescription medication for those with readings of 140/90 or higher." There is no separate blood pressure guidelines for smokers. Take care, Tara, RN