What is Normal Blood Pressure Reading?

Normal blood pressure readings are the systolic blood pressure of less than 120 and diastolic blood pressure of less than 80.  To be expressed as 120/80. This definition applies to anyone:

  • over the age of eighteen  (18)
  • not taking any medication for hypertension

For those younger than eighteen (18) years of age, there are guidelines for blood pressure readings by age.

Please also note, that bp higher than 130/80 is considered hypertension for those people already diagnosed with:

  •  diabetes mellitus
  • and / or chronic kidney disease

What is Blood Pressure?

 Blood pressure (BP) is the force the blood exerts on the walls of the arteries as the blood flow through them. This force is measured with a blood pressure monitor (machine, cuff, meter etc.) This measuring device is also technically known as sphygmomanometer... sometimes called "sphyg" for short.

Blood pressure is also referred to, as the arterial blood pressure.

If the force or the pressure in the arteries is too high... several organs and structures can be damaged. This is why, a persistently elevated or raised blood pressure over a period of time can lead to bleeding in the brain or stroke (CVA), kidney failure, erectile dysfunction (impotence) in men, blindness and the debilitating hypertensive heart disease... just to mention a few.

Understanding Blood Pressure Readings

Understanding blood pressure readings, that you obtained is very important. BP  is denoted by two numbers... the systolic and diastolic pressures. The systolic blood pressure, is the pressure in the arteries when the heart contracts... and can  also be detected with a feel of a "pulse". Diastolic blood pressure is the pressure in the arteries when there is, relaxation of the heart in between the contractions.

BP unit of measurement is the millimeters of a mercury... usually denoted with the symbols of millimeters and mercury like "mmHg"  or 120/80 mmHg

People describe bp differently... using adjectives such as... perfect, healthy, optimal, ideal and good blood pressure reading... whatever the words used, as long as the pressure adequately supports all the functions, structures and organs of our body in a very efficient and balanced way.

Check with your physician and obtain all the necessary lifestyle modifications
you can use and maintain, to keep your ""goal" and good BP readings.

What is an Average Blood Pressure?

An average blood pressure, refers to a calculation usually used when the bp is monitored at regular intervals over a period of time, it may be within few minutes, days, weeks...but average BP is commonly used in the calculation of the readings over 24  or  48 hours of monitoring, using the Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor... this aids in accurate diagnosis of hypertension. Getting the accurate calculation(s), generally helps the clinician to know exactly when the bp goes up and possibly why. This is taken into consideration during the treatment phase.

What is Normal Blood Pressure Range?

Normal blood pressure ranges from 90/60    to 120/80...this is also known as healthy blood pressure range... depending on personal circumstances... please check with your medical doctor or qualified health care professional, who will normally give you what is termed ""your goal BP"...  it is a number

he / she will have determined, will be, the one that will optimally support your health and well-being... please work towards achieving that goal.

The most preferable and healthiest BP is around 115/75 mmHg....

Keep in mind, hypertension causes about 50 % of deaths annually... from heart disease and strokes around the world

Usually, there is no separate normal blood pressure for women or men...

The old fashioned mercury sphygmomanometer are being phased out around the world in view of the urgent environmental concerns about mercury

Mercury Sphygmomanometer, used to be the "gold standard".... for the old models of BP cuffs (machines) but not anymore, there are newer and better designed versions, of mercury-free sphygmomanometer, available these days, which you can buy. The newer versions even have digital readout for pulse rate and the adjustable display column for easy analysis of BP results....

The newer models of digital blood pressure monitors, still need to be checked annually or every two years with the latest technology like Fluke Non-invasive BP  Simulator, that has been evaluated clinically, for compliance, with the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation Standards and Protocols (AAMI) ..... to ensure

  • accuracy
  • reliability
  • consistency

to avoid giving false results.

It must be stated that, bp varies throughout the day and night and usually at the lowest when we are deeply asleep. Hence, adequate, regular and proper sleep is one of the natural remedies to lower blood pressure.

If you do not get adequate sleep at night, check with your doctor or health care provider, and agree on the best way to solve this problem.

Proper sleep is a necessity, not a luxury.

Accurate blood pressure measurement is very important and it is one of the foundations for proper management.

Everyone should know, what their readings are, and should take appropriate and concrete steps, in ensuring their bp readings and ranges, are within the ideal and optimal levels, using the naturally available remedies.

In conclusion, normal blood pressure readings are the ones, which are within the confines of the acceptable medical limits and fully supports the proper equilibrium and functioning of structures and organs in our bodies...


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