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Normal Blood Pressure Range for 70 Year Old

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author image Jeanne Troncao, MS, LMT
Jeanne Troncao has been practicing massage since 1996 and began writing health-related articles in 2010. She is a marriage and family therapy intern and director of a massage school and clinic. Her articles can be found in "Bakersfield's Wellness Quarterly." She holds a Master of Science degree in counseling psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University, Bakersfield.
Normal Blood Pressure Range for 70 Year Old
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The healthy range for blood pressure is the same for all ages. However, according to The Merck Manual of Geriatrics, blood pressure tends to rise for most people aged 65 and over.

Healthy Range

According to HighBloodPressureInfo.org, the ideal blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg and lower. Yet, the average blood pressure raises as people age. For instance, the average blood pressure for people aged 60 to 64 years old is 134/87 mmHg.

Hypertension

Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure. The Merck Manual of Geriatrics explains that high blood pressure can lead to other health complications, such as heart failure and stroke. According to HighBloodPressure.org, high blood pressure is 140/90 mmHg and above.

Isolated Systolic Hypertension

According to The Merck Manual of Geriatrics, two-thirds of people in developed countries over age 65 have isolated systolic hypertension. This means that only the systolic pressure reading, the top number, is elevated to 140 mmHg or higher. The Merck Manual of Geriatrics explains that an elevated systolic pressure shows greater risk of cardiovascular disease than an elevated diastolic pressure.

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