According to current guidelines, a normal blood pressure reading is less than 120 systolic and less than 80 diastolic. A measurement of 120 to 139 systolic and 80 to 89 diastolic indicates prehypertension, which affects nearly 30 percent of adults and increases the risk of developing high blood pressure.
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Bryce Wylde, Alternative & Complementary Medicine, answeredWhen aiming to achieve an optimal blood pressure reading, it is important to understand what a normal blood pressure is. When blood pressure is measured using a 'bp-cuff' (sphygmomanometer) and stethoscope there are two numbers to consider, systolic (the top number) and diastolic (the bottom number). Ideally, your systolic reading should be equal to or less than 120 mmHg and your diastolic should be equal to or less than 80mmHg. Anything more than that could be considered high blood pressure and is stressful to the heart, cardiovascular system, kidneys, and virtually the entire body.
Ozgen Dogan, Cardiology, answeredNormal blood pressure should be less than 120/80 no matter your age or gender. Whether you're 20 years old or 80 years old, male or female, a healthy blood pressure level is always less than 120/80. Blood pressure creeps into the unhealthy range when it's between 120-140/80-90. This level is considered early stage high blood pressure and comes with an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The good news is these numbers can usually be reversed by changes in diet, exercise and lifestyle. When blood pressure exceeds 140-150/90-l00, it's considered stage 1 hypertension. When it exceeds 160/100, it's considered stage 2 hypertension. At these levels, in addition to changing eating and lifestyle habits, medication may be prescribed. Blood pressure for those with diabetes or kidney disease should be below 130/80.