Blood pressure goals and facts change as we age. What is healthy for a 20-year-old is not so healthy for an 80-year-old. Manage your blood pressure according to your season of life and always refer to your physician if you have any questions or concerns.
Normal Blood Pressure
Normal blood pressure for a healthy elderly person is between 90/65 mmHg and 130/90 mmHg.
Changes in blood pressure throughout the day in response to activity are considered normal. High blood pressure can be caused by obesity, hardening of the arteries or kidney disease. Low blood pressure can be caused by dehydration, hypothalmic dysfunction and cardiac disease.
High Blood Pressure
Chronic high blood pressure (or hypertension) can result in hardening of the arteries, heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. According to the American Heart Association, 69.5 per cent of men and 83.8 per cent of women over the age of 75 have hypertension.
Low Blood Pressure
According to a study released by the British Medical Journal and written by Hendriek C Boshuizen, low blood pressure (or hypotension) may increase the risk of death in those over the age of 85. Hypotension is considered a sign of illness in the elderly.
Schedule an appointment with your doctor if your blood pressure stays above 130 systolic (top number) or 90 diastolic (bottom number) for more than three readings or if it drops below 90 systolic or 65 diastolic for more than one reading.