What is 'normal' blood pressure?

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Blood pressure is the force exerted by the blood against the walls of the arteries that carry blood to all parts of the body. It is measured as two numbers-systolic pressure and diastolic pressure. The systolic pressure is the blood pressure measured while the heart beats whereas the diastolic pressure is the pressure when the heart relaxes.

Normal blood pressure

The blood pressure keeps on varying with your daily activities and hence defining a fixed level cannot tell you if you have a normal blood pressure or you have a condition of hypertension.

120/80 mm Hg

Normal blood pressure for human beings is 120/80 mm Hg, which means that the systolic pressure is 120mm Hg and diastolic pressure is 80mm Hg. Earlier, the level of 130/90 mm Hg was used as normal blood pressure but scientists have corrected it by changing to 120/80 mm Hg which is now called the ideal pressure for a person in good health.

The blood pressure readings given by blood pressure monitors can be misleading because the blood pressure needs to be measured in a calm state and when the person acts normally. If this is not ensured, you are bound to get a reading higher than the normal reading.


Most adults in the hectic lifestyle of today, have a higher blood pressure that ranges from 140/90 mm Hg to 160/100 mm Hg. This is the state of hypertension or high blood pressure. After one enters a certain phase of life (old age) when s/he doesn’t have the capability of carrying out daily activities, the blood pressure will be of a much lower value. Hence, a small deviation can be considered as normal blood pressure.

Remedies to reach normal blood pressure

Heart diseases

Generally, if the person doesn’t have normal blood pressure s/he will be suffering from hypertension. Hypertension might not seem too dangerous but can cause a lot of problems. The greatest risk that it brings is that of heart diseases. If you have a sustained state of hypertension, you need to look at ways to reduce it.

You can go for hypertension treatments or you can increase your physical load and start eating a healthy diet. Buying blood pressure gauges is a good idea as it will help you to check your improvements on a regular basis.

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