Blood Pressure Normal Range – What Is Too High and What Is Too Low


We all seek to have our blood pressure readings in the normal range. It used to be the systolic or higher of the two blood pressure readings was based on age. We don’t think this way so much anymore. It is true; blood pressure normal ranges vary a bit from age group to age group. With that in mind, ideally how much should your BP? This article will explain.

Many years ago, it was thought the systolic reading would be normal if it was 100+ your age. So a 75-year-old person could acceptably have a systolic reading of 175. We no longer think of this as a really good reading. However, it is normal for children and adolescents to have readings lower than those of adults.

A systolic reading we now think of as ideal would be one that would range under 140 and can be considered to be low when it gets to 110 or less. Some say 120 would be the perfect systolic reading. However, it is normally thought that until the reading is higher than 140 it is very good. Also a reading between 140 and 150 is only considered moderately high.

As far as the diastolic or lower reading is concerned, 80 seems to be the magic number. A reading that is in the 80s is still considered normal. It is when the diastolic reading is over 90 that a red flag goes up signaling there could be hypertension present. On the other hand, a diastolic reading of over 110 is a signal it is a more severe case of hypertension.

The diastolic number is still considered normal, or even perfect when it is as low as 70. Readings in the 60s are on the low side of normal and below that hypotension, or low blood pressure, could possibly be the issue.

So, you could think of a reading of 120/80 as a perfect one. However, 140/84 would not be at all bad. It is important to bring up one point. A person who has been living with the blood pressure of, for instance, 150/96 for a while, may exhibit signs of hypotension if suddenly his BP was brought down to 120/80.

It is the goal of physicians to bring down hypertension gradually. If this can be done by natural means, such as a change in diet, that would be great. If blood pressure medication is needed to do the trick, it will be administered in small dosages, at least at first.

With this knowledge in hand, you can get a good feel for whether or not hypertension is an issue in your life. However, your doctor should have the final say and you should have regular checkups. This is the only way to truly know whether or not your blood pressure readings are normal, high or low.