For decades it was believed that normal blood pressure is 120 over 80, and these measurements were accepted worldwide. However, according to ESC Association normal pressure is to 140 systolic (the top number in a blood pressure measurement) and 90 diastolic (bottom number).
This new guideline is not applicable for persons that suffer from diabetes where the limit is 130 over 80, like with elderly people.
In the past it was considered that if a person has blood pressure of 139 over 89, then it is in hypertensive condition thus susceptible to heart attack or stroke. Because of that medications were immediately prescribed so that the risk of these conditions is reduced.
Low blood pressure normally is considered when the systolic blood pressure is less than 90 mmHg or when the diastolic blood pressure is less than 60 mmHg. Yet, if your blood pressure is extremely low, meaning less than 80/50 mmHg, or you experience a sudden drop in blood pressure, then for sure you need to seek an advice from your physician. Nevertheless, if your blood pressure is low without the common signs of headaches, dizziness, or an abnormal heart rate, then this condition should not be of great concern to you.
In order to properly maintain your health you need to know your blood pressure as if this is not the case and you suffer from undiagnosed hypertension, then you are at risk of many other health conditions.
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