Hello. This is Hypertension Prevention Tuesdays! Today, we’ll talk about normal blood pressure ranges.
What is blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the pressure of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries. Arteries carry blood from your heart to other parts of your body.
Your blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day.
What do blood pressure numbers mean?
Blood pressure is measured using two numbers:
The first number, called systolic blood pressure, measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats.
The second number, called diastolic blood pressure, measures the pressure in your arteries when your heart rests between beats.
If the measurement reads 120 systolic and 80 diastolic, you would say, “120 over 80,” or write, “120/80 mmHg.” A blood pressure cuff is used to measure the pressure. Elevation of blood pressure is called “hypertension”.
What are normal blood pressure numbers?
A normal blood pressure level is less than 120/80 mmHg.
No matter your age, you can take steps each day to keep your blood pressure in a healthy range.
What is normal blood pressure according to age?
The chart shows normal blood pressure according to age both male and female. Diastolic blood pressure (DBP) and Systolic Blood Pressure (SBP) are included in the chart.
Because many Americans suffer from high blood pressure, it is important to know your normal blood pressure range. Each individual will have their unique blood pressure readings and these will vary even if they do not suffer from hypertension. It is also important to know that blood pressure tends to rise in the early hours of the morning and will be lowest at night.
Changes in blood pressure
There are several reasons your blood pressure can fluctuate. For instance, the more active a person is the more it is likely that his/her blood pressure will rise, but this is in relation to how healthy the person is. A person’s kidney function can also affect the blood pressure readings. Also, a person’s body position, stress, and even caffeine can affect blood pressure. It’s important to look at several factors before assessing your normal blood pressure range.
At present, normal blood pressure range is believed to be 120 (systolic pressure) and 80 (diastolic pressure.) When the systolic blood pressure reading rises to between 130 and 139, the reading will be considered high while reading of between 99 (systolic) and 64 (diastolic) is considered as being low blood pressure readings. However, these same low readings are considered as normal blood pressure range when they relate to children and even athletes.
It will certainly be a good idea to buy a home blood pressure monitor which can be used on a daily basis during different times of day to get a few blood pressure readings for the day. Since blood pressure varies throughout the day, it would be wise to measure your blood pressure the same time each day to get a better assessment. This method is a far better way of assessing your blood pressure than visiting a doctor occasionally to get a reading done.
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I’m excited to talk about this topic today because not only do I truly believe that you have the power to reverse heart disease and lower high blood pressure to improve your health, but the science also agrees! You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of these chronic diseases so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
As you may already know, I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you improve blood pressure and reverse heart disease. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy.
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Since weight management is very important in blood pressure control, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor.
Remember, healthy lifestyle behaviors–like eating a whole-foods plant-based diet that is low in sodium, being physically active, and stress management are the best ways to prevent and control high blood pressure. Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use.
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