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What Is Normal Blood Pressure for a 72-Year-Old?

January 31, 2013 aboutbloodpressure Healthy Blood

Q. My husband is 72. What’s a normal blood pressure for someone his age?

It’s typical to experience a gradual rise in blood pressure as you age, especially once you’ve been around for 6 or 7 decades. Notice we said typical, not healthy. The typical person dies of heart disease or stroke. Not optimal, not normal. And we’re in favor of optimal, because you and your husband aren’t typical. You’re exceptional, like all our readers!

Yet after 70, only one in three men and one in four women have healthy blood pressure. The American Heart Association’s target is under 140/90 if you’re 65 to 79, and a top number (systolic pressure) of 140 to 145 if you’re 80 or older.

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