What Should A 57 Year Old Man, 6'1" Tall And 260lbs Blood Pressure Be?

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Asked by POPS

What Should A 57 Year Old Man, 6'1" Tall And 260lbs Blood Pressure Be?

Currently not on BP meds yet. Recently got a BP machine for home and wasn't sure what the average BP for someone my age, height, weight should be.

Answer

Hi Pops,

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!

Age does not change blood pressure recommendations. Dr. Houston addressed this in his interview:

Dr. Mark Houston Answers Your Top Heart Health Questions

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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