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High normal blood pressure

05/13/2009

Question:

I am a 44 yr old female and my blood pressure reads 100/80mmHg. Why is this consoder high normal blood pressure and what does it means? Thank you.

Answer:

A blood pressure of 100/80 is excellent.  As long as you feel well and are healthy, there is nothing wrong with a low blood pressure.

Current guidelines consider a blood pressure of 120/80 or lower to be normal, and a blood pressure over 140/90 to be a reason to start treatment.

The term "high normal" blood pressure is no longer used.  It refers to levels between 130-139 systolic (the upper number) and 85-89 diastolic (the lower number).

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Response by:

Max C Reif, MD Max C Reif, MD
Professor of Medicine
Director of Hypertension Section
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati