You can use the chart below to see what your blood pressure means. The chart is appropriate for all adults. (The level for high blood pressure is not changing with age.)

As we know blood pressure readings have two numbers, like 130/85mmHg.

The first number is the systolic blood pressure. (The pressure when your heart beats and pushes the blood in your body.) The second one is the diastolic blood pressure. (The pressure when your heart relaxes among beats.)

This chart below shows varieties of high, low and healthy blood pressure readings.

 

Blood pressure chart

Using this blood pressure chart: To see what your blood pressure readings mean, find your first number (systolic) on the left side of this chart and read across, and the second number (diastolic) on the bottom of the chart. Your blood pressure is where the two meet.

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What blood pressure readings mean

As you can see from the blood pressure chart, only one of the numbers has to be higher or lower than it should be to count as either high blood pressure or low blood pressure:

  • 90 over 60 or less: You have low blood pressure. More on low blood pressure.
  • More than 90 over 60 and less than 120 over 80: Your blood pressure is ideal and well. Lead a healthy life to keep it at this level.
  • More than 120 over 80 and less than 140 over 90: Your blood pressure is normal but it is a little higher than it should be. You should try to lower it. Make some healthy changes in your life.
  • 140 over 90 or higher. You have high blood pressure. Make some changes in your lifestyle – see your doctor and take any medicines. More on high blood pressure

So:

  • If the first number is 140 or more – you may have high blood pressure, regardless of your second number.
  • If the first number is 90 or more – you may have high blood pressure, regardless of your second number.
  • If the first number is 90 or less – you may have low blood pressure, regardless of the second number.
  • If the second number is 60 or less – you may have low blood pressure, regardless of the first

Source: bloodpressureuk.org

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You can use the chart below to see what your blood pressure means. The chart is appropriate for all adults. (The level for high blood pressure is not changing with age.) As we know blood pressure readings have two numbers, like 130/85mmHg. The first number is the systolic blood pressure. (The...