How to know if your blood pressure is normal: Measurement & Importance

Blood pressure is a vital part of our body. Without blood pressure, no oxygen or nutrients will be delivered. However, it is important to know what blood pressure is normal for your body.
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WHAT IS BLOOD PRESSURE?

The force that moves blood through our circulatory system is our blood pressure. It helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients to tissues and organs which wouldn’t be possible without blood pressure. With delivering oxygen and nutrients, it also helps in clearing the toxic waste products. To stay healthy and fit, it is important to have a normal blood pressure.

Normal Blood Pressure

HOW IS BLOOD PRESSURE MEASURED?

Blood pressure is measured using a device called sphygmomanometer. This device is made up of a rubber armband which is inflated by machine pump. Once this cuff is inflated enough to stop the pulse, a reading is shown electronically.

This reading is expressed in terms of systolic and diastolic pressure. It is measured using the unit millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). The systolic pressure is the higher one caused by the contraction of the heart while diastolic pressure is the lower one cause by the relaxation of the heart.

Measurement

WHAT IS NORMAL BLOOD PRESSURE?

Your blood pressure can either be normal, high or low. However, high and low blood pressures have various health effects and are not good for your body. A normal blood pressure keeps you healthy and safe from all the health effects. People with blood pressure below or above the normal range, must consult their doctor.

A normal blood pressure depends from age to age. However, a blood pressure reading is expressed as systolic pressure (top number) and diastolic pressure (bottom number): 120/80.

Have a look at this chart to know what your blood pressure should be according to your age.

AGE

FEMALE

MALE

1-2

80/34 – 120/75

83/38 – 117/76

3

100/59

100/61

4

102/62

101/64

5

104/65

103/66

6

105/68

104/68

7

106/70

106/69

8

107/71

108/71

9

109/72

110/72

10

111/73

112/73

11

113/74

114/74

12

115/74

116/75

13

117/75

117/76

14

120/75

119/77

15

120/76

120/78

16

120/78

120/78

17

120/80

120/78

18

120/80

120/80

19-24

120/79

120/79

25-29

120/80

121/80

30-35

122/81

123/82

36-39

123/82

124/83

40-45

124/83

125/83

46-49

126/84

127/84

50-55

129/85

128/85

56-59

130/86

131/87

60 +

134/84

135/88

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