Did you know that blood pressure averages and normal results can vary by age? Men typically have a higher blood pressure than women, but it also rises as you age. So what is the normal result for a 20 yr old versus a 40 yr old? What exactly is blood pressure? Well, blood pressure is the arterial pressure in the blood vessels. The top number in the result that is given in the formula of XX over XX is called systolic and is the pressure as your heart beats while the bottom number called diastolic is the pressure as your heart is at rest between beats. There is an overall average in blood pressure normal ranges and then there is a guideline that is given by age. According to Disabled World this range can vary by up to 27 over 10.
Blood Pressure Ranges
- Stage 1 high blood pressure – 140/90 mm/Hg
- Stage 2 high blood pressure – 160/100 mm/Hg
- Stage 3 high blood pressure – 180/110 mm/Hg
- Stage 4 high blood pressure – 210/120 mm/Hg
- Low normal blood pressure – 110/75 mm/Hg
- Normal blood pressure – 120/80 mm/Hg
- High normal blood pressure – 130/85 mm/Hg
- Extreme low blood pressure – 50/33 mm/Hg
- Low blood pressure – 60/40 mm/Hg
- Borderline low blood pressure – 90/60 mm/Hg
Blood Pressure Maximums by Age
These are the highest range of “normal” depending on your age when you’re getting a blood pressure result.
- Age 15-19 – 120/81 mm/Hg
- Age 20-24 – 132/83 mm/Hg
- Age 25-29 – 133/84 mm/Hg
- Age 30-34 – 134/85 mm/Hg
- Age 35-39 – 135/86 mm/Hg
- Age 40-44 – 137/87 mm/Hg
- Age 45-49 – 139/88 mm/Hg
- Age 50-54 – 142/89 mm/Hg
- Age 55-59 – 144/90 mm/Hg
- Age 60-64 – 147/91 mm/Hg
These are the high range of normal depending on the age of the person having the test.
Blood Pressure Readings
Blood pressure is usually read at every checkup with a healthcare physician. It is a standard part of the “vitals”. It is a non invasive test that is simply done by a device called the sphygmomanometer. Typically blood pressure is called BP as in “BP 120 over 80”. The pressure is then given in results as milligrams of mercury in the measurement device.
Now there are at home testing kits that will allow you to test your blood pressure at home instead of at a clinic or office. If you have a history of high blood pressure it is good to have such a device handy so that you can test regularly.
For More Information:
How to Read Blood Pressure – Tells how to read a blood pressure result properly.