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The Live Science website presents some useful basic guidance under the title “Blood Pressure: Highs, Lows & What’s Normal.” An excerpt:
A normal systolic blood pressure is classified as below 120, but a desirable rate is between 90 and 119. A normal diastolic blood pressure is below 80, but a desirable rate is between 60 and 79.
Those who are fit — including those who regularly exercise and professional athletes — tend to have lower blood pressures and heart rates, as do those who do not smoke and are a healthy weight.
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) recently published an article recommending changes in the guidelines for blood pressure levels for certain patients. Adults age 60 or older should only take blood pressure medication if their blood pressure exceeds 150/90, higher than current guideline of 140/90, according to the new recommendations.
The panel that compiled the guidelines also recommended that diabetes and kidney patients younger than 60 be treated when their blood pressure exceeds 140/90, which is the same for patients without kidney disease or diabetes. People with those chronic conditions have previously been prescribed medication when their blood pressure went above 130/80.
For those looking for a home-use blood pressure monitor, two of the best, according to Amazon ratings, are the Ozeri CardioTech Premium Series BP3T Digital Arm Blood Pressure Monitor with Intelligent Hypertension Indicator (picture) and the Omron BP791IT 10 Series+ Upper-Arm Blood-Pressure Monitor.
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