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Normal Blood Pressure for the Elderly

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.

Variations

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.

Caution

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.

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About the Author

Valarie Juntunen has been involved in direct health care since 1999 and began freelance writing in 1997. She is a Michigan registered nurse and attended the National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, where she developed her passion for psychological- and sociological-based nursing. Juntunen holds an associate's degree in nursing from Finlandia University.