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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?

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Dr. Michael Finkelstein
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Htn: It's mildly elevated but it needs to be rechecked by your doctor before treatment.
Dr. Erskine James
Cardiology 23 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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