What is normal blood presure reading?

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What is normal blood presure reading?

Expert Answer

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

Although your question is simple, there is really no simple answer to this question. Recently, most research has shown that a normal BP reading is generally around 110/70. However, this really depends on the person. Some people are "normal" at 90/50, while that would be too low of a blood pressure for someone else.

As health care providers, we have research that shows we should try to have most of our patients around 120/80 for a goal blood pressure (BP). Keep in mind that this is a goal, and it really depends on what the health care provider decides is best for a particular patient. There are many factors that would change this goal, including medication adherence, other medical conditions a patient may have, and so on. Furthermore, your BP goal can change as you age. Some people will become dizzy and/or fall with "normal" BP readings when they are in their 80's or 90's. So, the goal should be decided upon by the provider, taking the patient's history into account.