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Ideal blood pressure for men & women

Updated June 13, 2017

Men and women who maintain ideal blood pressure ranges are more likely to have better overall health and a lower risk of chronic diseases than men and women with unhealthy blood pressure readings. According to the Mayo Clinic, ideal blood pressure ranges for men and women are medical guidelines that doctors recommend to most patients.

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Identification

According to the Mayo Clinic, ideal blood pressure ranges for adult men and women age 20 years and older are 90 to 119 for systolic blood pressure and 60 to 79 for diastolic blood pressure.

Significance

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 67 per cent of Americans age 65 and older have high blood pressure, which if left uncontrolled, can result in heart disease and stroke.

Function

Maintaining an ideal blood pressure allows the heart to pump enough blood to the brain and promote optimal function of the heart and digestive and neurological systems of the body.

Features

According to the Mayo Clinic, at younger ages, men are more likely to have higher blood pressure compared to women, and women are more likely to be diagnosed at older ages, especially after menopause.

Considerations

According to the Mayo Clinic, many people may not have any symptoms when their blood pressure is not at a healthy level, and damage caused by high blood pressure can build up over time.

Prevention/Solution

Maintaining an ideal blood pressure range can be done through personal actions such as regular exercise, eating a heart-healthy diet and taking blood pressure medication if prescribed by a doctor.

Benefits

According to the National Institutes of Health, men and women with ideal blood pressure readings reduce the risk of developing heart disease, kidney disease and blindness that may result from high blood pressure.

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About the Author

Jessica Lietz has been writing about health-related topics since 2009. She has several years of experience in genetics research, survey design, analysis and epidemiology, working on both infectious and chronic diseases. Lietz holds a Master of Public Health in epidemiology from The Ohio State University.

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