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A 42-year-old male asked about a 79-year-old female:

Is a blood pressure reading of 160/90 normal in a 78 year old woman?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Finkelstein
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Htn: It's mildly elevated but it needs to be rechecked by your doctor before treatment.
Dr. Erskine James
Internal Medicine - Cardiology 24 years experience
No: Blood pressure for older women should be the same as younger people. Sometimes it is harder for them to get that, but that blood pressure is too high. The shep trial (google it) proved that treating hypertension in older people was beneficial to treating strokes.

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What's the average blood pressure for an 85 year old woman?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 45 years experience
Variable: With aging, the systolic tends to go up and the diastolic tends to go down. Normal BP for an 85 year old is <135/<85 but it isn't unusual to see 150-160/50-60.

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