Current Guidelines For High Blood Pressure

21 Mar

If you have high blood pressure, evidence-based guidelines advise keeping your blood pressure lower than:

150/90 mm Hg if you’re a healthy adult 60 or older

140/90 mm Hg if you’re a healthy adult younger than 60

140/90 mm Hg if you have diabetes or kidney disease

Blood pressure that is consistently higher than normal can stretch out arteries, making them weaker and more prone to rupture, and to scarring and stiffening that sets the stage for artery-clogging atherosclerosis.

Source:  Mayo Clinic Health Letter  March 2015

 

 

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