Looking At The Ideal Blood Pressure

Today, there is increasing awareness on the dangers of high blood pressure and its possible complications. The most prominent of these is cardiovascular disease, or heart disease, of which the risk progressively rises as one moves above the 115/75 mmHg pressure level. Another one is stroke, a brain condition which results from interruption of the blood flow, of which a vessel rupture due to an aneurysm or high pressures is a possible cause.

Consequently, there is much talk about attaining the ideal blood pressure. This understanding however, should be clarified. Blood pressure varies for each person from day to day, and as such, there is no one level that can be considered as “ideal”. What is currently advocated is to stay within a normal range, and this is called normal only from the consensus of present studies. Newer studies and technology would most likely change what we identify as the “normal” level.

As of the moment, what is generally considered as the ideal range is anywhere from 110/75 mmHg to 120/80 mmHg, depending on which authority one believes in. When the level reaches 130/85 mmHg, it is considered as high normal, a sort of borderline value where precautions must be taken to avoid the dangers. Conversely, when the level reaches 110/75, it is considered as low normal, where again precautions must be observed if it is not the person’s usual values.

One other thing to remember is that the pressure naturally increases as one grows older. This is due to the fact that the vessels become less elastic, and consequently the blood pushes against them with greater force. Another thing to note is the gender difference. Men normally have higher pressures than women. However, all these concepts are further modified by many things, such as fitness, menopause, and stress levels. It is best to consult a trained professional for any doubts as to the ideal level for one’s specific set of circumstances.

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