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You are a male non smoker 52 years old with a blood pressure of 118 over 65 is this normal?



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Current guidelines define normal blood pressure as lower than 120/80, so you are perfectly normal.

People's blood pressure can rise or lower during resting to high energy exercise and thus, the blood pressure fluctuates. The true reading is a resting blood pressure check.

Blood pressure is always given as these two numbers, the systolic and diastolic pressures. Both are important. Usually they are written one above or before the other, such as 120/80 mmHg. The top number is the systolic and the bottom the diastolic. When the two measurements are written down, the systolic pressure is the first or top number, and the diastolic pressure is the second or bottom number (for example, 120/80). If your blood pressure is 120/80, you say that it is "120 over 80."

Blood pressure changes during the day. It is lowest as you sleep and rises when you get up. It also can rise when you are excited, nervous, or active.

Still, for most of your waking hours, your blood pressure stays pretty much the same when you are sitting or standing still. That level should be lower than 120/80. When the level stays high, 140/90 or higher, you have high blood pressure. With high blood pressure, the heart works harder, your arteries take a beating, and your chances of a stroke, heart attack, and kidney problems are greater.

A blood pressure of 140/90 or higher is considered high blood pressure. Both numbers are important. If one or both numbers are usually high, you have high blood pressure. If you are being treated for high blood pressure, you still have high blood pressure even if you have repeated readings in the normal range.

There are two levels of high blood pressure: Stage 1 and Stage 2 (see the chart below).

Categories for Blood Pressure Levels in Adults*

(In mmHg, millimeters of mercury)

Category Systolic

(Top number) Diastolic (Bottom number)

  • Normal Less than 120 Less than 80 Prehypertension 120-139 80-89
  • High Blood Pressure Systolic Diastolic Stage 1 140-159 90-99 Stage 2 160 or higher 100 or higher